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Fire Safety

IN CASE OF FIRE

KNOW THE LOCATION OF THE PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND HOW TO USE THEM.

FOR TRAINING IN THE USE OF PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, CALL OR EMAIL THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICE AND ASK TO SPEAK TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER OR THE TRAINING OFFICER.

Upon discovery of a small fire (a fire which can be readily extinguished with available equipment):

  • Call 911 and sound the alarm. Get the fire trucks rolling immediately in case the fire gets away from you. A fire doubles in size every minute, so it is imperative to get help coming first.
  • If you have been trained in the use of portable fire extinguishers, discharge the extinguisher towards the base of the flames and sweep side to side.
  • Get help if necessary.
  • Call Campus Police at 8511 or the Health and Safety Office at 8416.

Upon discovery of a large fire:

  • Call 911.
  • Activate fire alarm and give verbal alarm.
  • Evacuate the building, alerting people as you go.
  • Seek and assist disabled persons in the building.
  • Use the stairways. Do not use the elevators.
  • Close all doors leading to the main hallways to prevent the spread of fire.
  • Once outside, move at least 150 feet from the affected building. Avoid inner courtyards.
  • Remain upwind of smoke and fumes.
  • Call Campus Police at 8511 or the Health and Safety Office at 8416.

If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop to the floor, and roll. Smother fire with a blanket, rug, or heavy coat. Call for help. Administer first aid.


Use of Portable Fire Extinguishers

A portable fire extinguisher is the first line of defense against incipient fires of limited size.

The value of the portable fire extinguisher lies in the speed with which it can be used by personnel not trained as professional fire fighters. For a portable fire extinguisher to be effective, the following requirements must be met:

The extinguisher must be readily accessible.

The extinguisher must be in working order.

The extinguisher must be suitable for the hazard being protected.

The fire must be small enough to be controlled with an extinguisher.

The person using the extinguisher must know how to operate it.

Classification of Fires

Class A Fire--Fires involving ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, etc.
Class B Fire--Fires involving flammable liquids and gases such as gasoline, oil, propane, kerosene.
Class C Fire--Fires involving energized electrical equipment.
Class D Fire--Fires of combustible metals such as magnesium, sodium, and titanium.

The pictorial system of labeling extinguishers is designed to make the selection of fire extinguishers easier through the use of pictures symbols. These symbols indicate the type of fires that the fire extinguisher is capable of extinguishing. They also indicate when not to use the extinguisher on certain types of fires.

Use of Portable Extinguishers to Attack Fires

-Call the fire department, or send someone to call the fire department.

-Attack fire from approximately 10 feet away.

-Do not try to extinguish large fires.

-Remove extinguisher from cabinet or hanger.

-Check to see that the extinguisher is charged.

-Pull pin to break seal.

-Hold extinguisher upright.

-Aim at base of fire.

-Squeeze handle.

-Sweep back and forth.

-Be careful not to scatter fire.