Operator-training videotapes from VISTA say that every piece of construction equipment should have a fire extinguisher on board. Machine maintenance schedules should include checking regularly (at least monthly) to be sure the fire extinguisher is charged and easy to access.
In the event of a fire, VISTA recommends a simple, safety-first approach.
- Call the fire department first.
- When using the fire extinguisher, make sure there is a clear escape route in case the fire gets out of hand.
- If the extinguisher's range is too short to reach the source of the flames without putting you in danger, wait for the emergency professionals.