Introduction

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Employee using a fire extinguisher during a training exercise.

Workplace fires and explosions kill hundreds and injure thousands of workers each year. One way to limit the amount of damage due to such fires is to make portable fire extinguishers an important part of your fire prevention program.

When used properly, fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or controlling a fire until additional help arrives.