Fire Safety

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


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

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)


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



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