In 2017, approximately 120,000 non-residential fires in the U.S. caused $2.8 billion worth of property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). National Fire Prevention Week™ is Oct. 6-12, and Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) is helping raise awareness of the importance of knowing the basics about your fire extinguishers, where they are located for quick access and how to use them if a fire emergency occurs.
“Fire prevention is always the goal, but businesses need to be prepared if those efforts fall short,” said Taylor Brummel, Director of Marketing – Fire Protection, Cintas Corporation. “Through the month of October, our Find Your Fire Extinguisher (FYFE) campaign is focused on helping facility managers and building owners educate their employees, customers and others on the location of extinguishers and how to use them.”
Facility managers should consider the following best practices for their business:
Know when to abandon extinguishing efforts. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fire extinguishers should be used to control or extinguish small fires and to protect evacuation routes that may be directly or indirectly blocked by a fire. If a fire is already sizable, or is not diminishing in size with the assistance of an extinguisher, evacuate and leave it to professional firefighters.
“Building owners and managers have a responsibility to be prepared if fire prevention falls short,” added Brummel. “With occupant well-being at stake, prioritizing fire extinguisher education is a positive step toward improved fire safety.”
About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.
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