Fire Extinguishers in Commercial Buildings
Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.
Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall. They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building. OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting. They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.
Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis. In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.