Fire Safety Public Education
Prevention is the key to keeping your workplace free from fires.
- All fire-fighting equipment shall be conspicuously located, accessible, inspected periodically and maintained in operating condition. Submit a work order to Facilities Management at http://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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Pull - pull the pin to unlock the lever
- Aim - aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze - squeeze the lever to discharge the extinguishing agent
- Sweep - sweep from side to side, carefully moving toward the fire until all the flames appear to be extinguished.
- 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.
- 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.