Learning the location of fire extinguishing equipment and fire alarms in work areas is very important.

Please contact the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) manager at 704-894-2929 to learn the location of fire extinguishers in each building on campus. Fire extinguisher training is available online.

Fire extinguishers should be kept free from obstructions and blockage. Appropriate fire extinguishers should be mounted within 75 feet of outside areas containing flammable liquids and within 10 feet of any inside storage area of such materials.

Fire extinguishers are inspected monthly. However, if you observe a fire extinguisher that is empty or damaged, please contact the EHS office as soon as possible.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are labeled as to the class of fire they will be effective against. Read the label to ensure the appropriate equipment to extinguish the fire is available:

  • Class A: wood, paper, grass, cloth
  • Class B: grease, oil, flammable liquids
  • Class C: energized electrical equipment

In general, the majority of fire extinguishers at the Davidson campus are dry chemical, type ABC, meaning that these extinguishers can be used to extinguish all class A, B and C fires. More specialized fire extinguishers are located in certain areas to combat different types of fires. One example would be fire extinguishers used in the cafeterias to extinguish grease fires.

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

  • Check label and carry extinguisher to vicinity of fire, utilize the PASS method
  • Pull the ring pin
  • Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze discharge lever to release the extinguishing agent
  • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire is extinguished
  • Leave the area
  • Report to Public Safety at 704-894-2178 as soon as possible about the fire and the need for extinguisher recharge

Sources of ignition, such as cigarettes, matches, portable heating equipment, unguarded light bulbs, etc., are prohibited in areas where explosives, flammable liquids or gases, or other combustibles exist. (i.e., near chemical exhaust outlets, flammable liquid storage areas, sump pump areas, and refueling areas).