From: rj**At_Symbol_Here**strem.com Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Extinguishers Date: August 12, 2009 10:03:56 AM EDT There are a lot of different regulations that we all have to abide by, and they can be very confusing as to which ones to follow. Being a firefighter, I can tell you that Debbie is correct when it comes to Fire Code. Your local/state fire marshal's office decides the regulations, but that does not mean if you have fire extinguishers present to ignore OSHA regulations. > From a firefighter's standpoint, when it comes to fires in a lab, we never like to see anyone try to extinguish a fire. The reasoning for this is, the student/employee does not have on the correct PPE on to try to fight a fire. Working with chemicals we know that a fire can get out of control very quickly, and we don't want anyone getting caught in a situation like that without firefighter experience, proper training, or correct PPE. After that being said fire extinguishers still belong in the lab. The main propose of a fire extinguisher is for defensive use. Meaning, if there was a fire that blocked the exits of a room, a fire extinguisher should be available to use to assure the safe exit of everyone from the room/building. So, I completely disagree with the removal of the fire extinguishers from the facility, your lab needs to have training at least once a year, and ask the fire department for help with the training. Fire extinguishers are a life safety tool and they should be present! You should also check with your local fire department to see if the community has adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. If they have adopted them then you would want to get NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. Best regards, R.J. Wolcik Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail transmission may contain confidential or legally privileged information that is intended only for the individual or entity named in the e-mail address. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or reliance upon the contents of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail transmission in error, please reply to the sender, so that Strem Chemicals Inc. can arrange for proper delivery, and then please delete the message from your Inbox. Thank you.
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