Fire Safety

Three elements that must be present for a fire to occur:
  • Oxygen (more properly, an oxidizing agent)
  • Fuel (a reducing agent)
  • Heat

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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.

 

EVACUATION PLANS
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


Evacuate immediately!

  • 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)


FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

P-A-S-S Procedure

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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Funding for this program provided by the Department of Health and Human Services