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Fire Extinguisher Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA.

We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Training Course?

Our Fire Extinguisher Safety Training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomical components, fire extinguisher classifications, proper maintenance, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following general standards for fire extinguishers:

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL-OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 1910.157 – Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • OSHA Act of 1970, 5(a)(1)
  • Canada Standards

  • Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Part 23 Oil and Gas 23.10 Fire extinguishers
  • Alberta Fire Code
  • Quebec Safety Code, Chapter VIII – Building, and National Fire Code of Canada
  • International Standards

  • NFPA 10 – Standards for Portable Extinguishers
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who works with fire extinguishers must receive training prior to working on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things

    Did You Know?

    Ctesibius of Alexandria invented a water hand pump that could deliver water to put out fires in 200 B.C.E. (Source: Fire Safe).

    There are six different types portable of fire extinguishers that are each suited to put out fires involving specific materials. For example, class A extinguishers can put out fires from paper, cloth, wood, and rubber. (Source: OSHA).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the types of fire extinguishers?

    No two fires are the same, and fire extinguishers are no exception. The five types of fires you may come across are A, B, C, D, and K; to put out these fires, you may need a carbon dioxide, wet chemical, foam, dry powder, or water extinguisher, depending on what type of fire it is. Most extinguishers are multipurpose, meaning they are effective against multiple types of fires. If you aren’t sure what kind of fire your extinguisher can put out, check the safety label.

    When should you use a fire extinguisher?

    Before you use a fire extinguisher, make sure everyone has evacuated the area, the fire is contained and not spreading, and the room is not filled with smoke. You should also make sure the fire does not cut off your escape route.

    How do you use a fire extinguisher in the workplace?

    Either for work or for home, using a fire extinguisher follows the same steps: pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the lever, and sweep side to side. To help you remember these steps, use the pneumonic device P-A-S-S (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep).

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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL-OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!
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