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.htmlfor 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
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.