Fire Extinguisher Use

NFPA 10 is the National Fire Protection Association standard that regulates the use/placement/inspection/maintenance of fire extinguishers. 

NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, states that employees of mercantile (occupancies used for the display and sale of merchandise), and business (occupancies used for the transaction of business other than mercantile) occupancies "shall" (are required to) receive periodic instruction in the use of fire extinguishers.

All health care occupancies, and hotel/dormitory personnel shall be familiar with life safety systems, and emergency response procedures (which could include fire extinguishers and extinguishment).

There is an excellent on-line, interactive extinguisher training site at

I would highly recommend this training activity for those who are employees of mercantile/business occupancies, health care workers, hotel staff, dorm leaders, or those responsible for crowd control and fire watch activities.