Synchronising ... Please Wait
Coetzee Safety

Toolbox Talk Suggestion: Fire Fighting

by | 26 July 2019

Some fires are able to be contained – Small Fires – A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds – and it’s imperative to have the necessary equipment at hand ready to use and the knowledge of how to use it.

Always remember, when fighting a fire to have an unobstructed exit at your back and the moment you feel the fire is unstable or overwhelming, leave immediately and re-check the emergency services are on the way. It is not just the heat and flames that will kill you, smoke and fumes released by burning objects do too.

In the workplace, the equipment provided will be fire extinguishers, fire buckets (sand and water) and fire blankets. Large premises will have sprinkler systems, fire hydrants and hose reels. Employees must be trained in the use of the equipment provided and the principles of fighting a fire. This will be the initial induction and then certain employees will train more intensively they are an appointed person/fire marshall/fire warden.

  • Use water on an electrical fire due to high risk of electrical shock – water is an excellent conductor of electricity!
  • Use water on fires involving oils or fats as this could lead to an explosion; spreading the fire.
  • Touch the nozzle of a CO2 extinguisher after it has been discharged, it will be extremely cold and burn.
  • Use a CO2 extinguisher in a confined space as the fumes could lead to suffocation

OHSCon is a subsidiary company of CSC Enterprises


toolbox talks
fire evacuation plan
fire extinguisher
fire fighting
fire safety
coetzee safety
csc enterprises
health and safety
© Coetzee Safety Consultants (PTY) Ltd. | 8 Hydro St, Stikland Industrial, Cape Town, 7530 | 021 820 7060