Fire Extinguisher Training
by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Mar 1, 2021 1:00:00 AM
Q: How often do employees require training on fire extinguishers? We teach RACE/PASS during employee orientation at our Hospital/Nursing home. Is it required to have a company come out yearly to train employees out in the parking lot, putting out a controlled fire in a trough? It is very good training, but expensive.
A: There is no NFPA 101-2012 Life Safety Code requirement or NFPA 99-2012 requirement for hands-on training of fire extinguishers. If you are Joint Commission accredited, they do have a standard (EC.02.03.01, EP 9) that says “The written fire response plan describes … how to use a fire extinguisher…” “Staff … are periodically instructed on … their duties under the plan.”
So, according to that bit of information you do not have to have hands-on training but you do have to have it written into your fire response plan on how to use a fire extinguisher and your staff must be periodically trained on how to use a fire extinguisher. This is commonly accomplished by using the acronym “P.A.S.S.,” which of course means “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.” The training is often accomplished through annual validations of general training on computer modules.
But if you’re accredited by other organizations, then check with them to see if they have any hands-on training required.