Fire Safety Public Education

Prevention is the key to keeping your workplace free from fires.

Fire Prevention

  • All fire-fighting equipment shall be conspicuously located, accessible, inspected periodically and maintained in operating condition. Submit a work order to Facilities Management athttp://isd.lonestar.edu/home.html for service on all fire related equipment.
  • All employees must know the location of fire pull stations in their work area(s) and should have knowledge of its use and application.
  • Identify the major hazards in your workplace and proper handling procedures to be used to minimize the hazards.

Housekeeping

  • Keep your work area free from clutter and buildup of trash and debris.
  • Empty trash cans regularly.
  • Exits, stairways, walkways, electrical panels and fire-fighting equipment must be kept clear of materials, supplies or trash.
  • Keep all equipment and storage 18" below fire sprinkler heads.

Flammable Storage

  • Use only approved safety cans for handling or storing flammable liquids.
  • Follow proper disposal procedures for flammable liquid waste.
  • Use an approved metal can with a lid for temporarily storing oily or solvent soaked rags until properly disposed.
  • When using flammable liquids, make sure there are no open flames or sources of ignition in the work area (sparks from welding, etc.)
  • Limit lab bench tops to no more than 10 gallons of flammable liquids.
  • Limit rooms to 3 flammable liquid storage cabinets and keep them away from exit routes.

Electrical Safety

  • Keep all equipment in safe working condition.
  • Never use defective tools or equipment with frayed electrical cords.

Fire Extinguisher Use

  • Fire extinguishers are located in all LSCS buildings.
  • You must be educated in the proper use before attempting to fight a fire.
  • Activate the alarm and notify LSCS police BEFORE you attempt to extinguish the fire.
  • Never fight a fire alone…evacuate the area quickly and safely.
  • If you should elect to use an extinguisher, remember your ABC's:
    • Type A: ordinary combustibles - wood, paper, cloth
    • Type B: flammable liquids - gasoline, oil, grease
    • Type C: electrical - appliances, computers, circuit breakers
    • Type D: combustible metals – sodium, magnesium
    • Then PASS:
      1. Pull - pull the pin to unlock the lever
      2. Aim - aim at the base of the fire
      3. Squeeze - squeeze the lever to discharge the extinguishing agent
      4. Sweep - sweep from side to side, carefully moving toward the fire until all the flames appear to be extinguished.

Hot Work

  • When heat producing equipment is used (welding, cutting and brazing) the work area must be kept clear of all fire hazards.
  • Fire extinguishers must be available when using heat producing equipment.
  • Fire watch may be necessary.

Fueling Operations

  • Never refuel an engine while the engine is running.
  • Smoking and any open flames are prohibited in the vicinity of fueling operation.
  • When spills occur, the spilled fuel must be completely cleaned up, washed away, or evaporated before restarting the engine.
  • Do not transfer gasoline in an open container. Use only an approved safety can.

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