Safety Manual

Revised 2014

Fire Protection

Action Steps When Fire Occurs:

  1. Call 9-1-1
  2. Spread word to evacuate building.
  3. If you are NOT SURE you can put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, leave the building immediately. If you ARE SURE the fire can be put out with an extinguisher, use the extinguisher in accordance with the following procedures:
    1. Locate the nearest fire extinguisher.
    2. Remove extinguisher from wall and set down WHERE YOU ARE. DO NOT APPROACH FIRE YET.
    3. Twist seal ring and pull sharply to remove.
    4. Release nozzle from extinguisher and aim away from you.
    5. TEST EXTINGUISHER by quickly squeezing and releasing handle.
    6. If extinguisher is operable, carry or drag to fire.
    7. If fire is outside, be sure to get upwind of it.
    8. Aim nozzle directly at the base of the fire.
    9. Activate fire extinguisher and make SLOW sweeping movement from outside of the fire all the way across fire. If flame re ignites, don’t be alarmed. Slowly keep sweeping spray across the fire.

General information Regarding Fire Protection:

Fire can be a serious hazard in any working environment. Storage of flammable materials, housekeeping, and electrical safety all play a role in the prevention of fires. The Safety Inspection team conducts inspections of work areas for housekeeping and storage. It is each department’s responsibility to maintain a safe work environment.

Production of Fire

Three elements are necessary for a fire to start:

  • combustible material
  • heat
  • oxygen

The likelihood of a fire depends on the presence of the three elements and the amounts. The more combustible a material, the mass of the fuel and the state of the fuel all play a part.

Methods of Extinguishment

  1. Fire extinguishers are located in each department and are maintained by the University Public Safety Department. Annual inspections are conducted by the Health and Safety Committee and Public Safety.
  2. If the extinguishers are used at any time, Public Safety personnel are to be notified, even if the fire is under control. Extinguishers need to be serviced after every use.
  3. There are different types of extinguishers rated for different types of fires. The different types of fires are:
    • Class A fires: Wood, paper, trash having glowing embers
    • Class B fires: Flammable liquids, gasoline, oils, paints, grease, etc.
    • Class C fires: Electrical equipment
    • Class D fires: Combustible metals

In most areas the extinguishers are rated for types A, B and C fires where the extinguisher can be used for all types of fires (Class D is a separately rated extinguisher). In some specific areas (i.e. Feedmill, Computer Room) there are specific types of extinguishers exclusively for that area (Type A only or Type C only). If the extinguisher does not appear to be correct for your working area, contact Human Resources or Public Safety.