Fire equipment demarcation

If a fire broke out in your office, would your employees know where the fire extinguisher is? And if they do, would they be able to access it? When it comes to your fire equipment, you need to demarcate your equipment correctly. But what are the requirements when it comes to fire equipment demarcation? Read on to find out...

Do you know how to demarcate your fire equipment correctly?

Wilna Louw-Malan, a registered Occupational Safety Professional writes on the Health & Safety Club that firefighting equipment must have signage in place to indicate clearly the position of the equipment to ensure it will be found when required in an emergency.

She says the signage used for hand-held fire extinguishers is the white and green fire extinguisher as well as the white and green arrow, which you must position so it points directly to the actual extinguisher.

'The same principle is followed for fire hoses. The correct signage, as indicated in SANS should be used.'

But you also need to demarcate the area correctly.

Do the following when it comes to fire equipment demarcation

Louw-Malan says you must do the demarcation on the floor directly below the fire extinguisher and fire hose. This is a filled red square of about 1m by 1m or a red square outline with a cross inside the square outline.'

The reason for the demarcation is to prevent stacking or storage directly in front of the extinguisher. This will ensure that the extinguishers are easily accessible in the event of an emergency.

In an office environment, the demarcation on the floor isn't required, only the signage is needed.

There you have it. Now that you know everything about the demarcating of fire equipment, make sure you comply with safety laws.

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