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Oklahoma State University

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the installation, location, maintenance, inspection and replacement of over 4,000 portable fire extinguishers on campus and outlying university-owned areas.

Portable fire extinguishers should only be used for emergency purposes.  If you notice a portable fire extinguisher that is missing or is not in its proper place please report this to EHS at (405)744-7241.

Only attempt to use a fire extinguisher if...
Use the P.A.S.S. Method discharging the fire extinguisher
  • Pull the pin
  • Aim nozzle at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep side to side

Extinguisher Locations

Fire Extinguishers can be found in the following locations on campus:

  • Fire Extinguisher Cabinets, smaller, less-conspicuous cabinets usually located in exit corridors and can be surface mounted or recessed into the walls. This is the most common extinguisher location on campus.
  • Fire Hose Cabinets, large, red metal cabinets commonly located in the walls of exit corridors. This is a common location for portable extinguishers on campus.
  • Wall-mounted Brackets hold extinguishers that are not stored in cabinets. This method keeps extinguishers in plain view on the walls, and is most common in workshops, and large office suites.

Extinguisher Inspection Tags

Fire and Life Safety inspection personnel normally attached paper tags to extinguishers that were hole-punched to indicate the month and year of the last maintenance inspection. However, the university has purchased a bar-coding and electronic tracking system to monitor the inspection of portable extinguishers, so maintenance tags will no longer be utilized to track when an inspection or maintenance has been performed.