- Oxygen (more properly, an oxidizing agent)
- Fuel (a reducing agent)
Three types of fires:
A - Ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, etc.
B - Flammable liquids or gases like cooking oil, paint, gasoline, etc.
C - Electrical items such as appliances, panel boxes, cords, etc.
What is the purpose of an evacuation plan?
- Ensure that people in the home/workplace know what to do if there is a fire
- Ensure that the home/workplace can be safely evacuated
- Call 911 from a safe location (post emergency numbers)
- Have two means of escape (again have emergency numbers posted at these escape routes)
- Meet at the assembly place
- Practice fire drill (monthly is suggested)
- Know your role in a fire emergency
- Consumers first! (For Certified Respite Providers this would mean the children in your care)
Keep your back to an exit and stand 6-8 feet away from the fire. Follow the four step P-A-S-S procedure (see the steps below).If the fire does not begin to go out immediately, leave the area at once.
PULL the pin: this unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher (some extinguishers may have other lever-release mechanisms)
AIM low: Point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the fire
SQUEEZE the lever above the handle: this discharges the extinguisher agent, releasing the lever will stop the discharge (some extinguishers may have a button instead of a lever)
SWEEP from side to side: moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out
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