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For the Sake of SAFETY- Fire Prevention in the Workplace

Did you know that there are approximately 150 fires in the workplace each day? Remember, a fire that starts in your department could spell disaster for you and the entire company.

SRC Electrical’s Safety Coordinator, Erin Wibbenmeyer alongside Cintas Safety professionals, conducted a brief fire safety awareness class teaching all SRC Electrical Employees the basics of fires in the workplace. In addition, each employee got to put out their own fire. Mark Bareford, starter schedulder, is shown below putting out a fire outside the facility.

The best way to prevent fire is to be on the lookout for possible fire hazards—to stop fire before it has a chance to start. The following are a must for preventing on-the-job fires:

1. Put all oil, paint, and grease-soaked rags, shavings and other highly combustible waste in the proper containers.

2. Do not allow empty boxes, cartons, packing materials or loose paper to accumulate. Dispose of them immediately prior to any grinding, torching, or cutting.

3. Inspect all electrical cords for frays or broken wires before using equipment. Don’t use if cords are defective.

4. Don’t overload circuits or bridge fuses.

 5. Be on the lookout for electrical maintenance defects in equipment, such as exposed wires, overheating motors, and faulty switches, lamps, or heating elements.

 6. Practice good housekeeping at all times. Keep aisles and exits clear, and maintain a clean work area.

 7. Never use alcohol, gasoline, or other flammable liquid as a cleaning agent, and make sure that all flammable liquids are stored away from direct heat and in proper containers.

 8. Be careful when cutting and welding.

 9. Guard against exposure of flammables, explosives and combustibles to furnaces, hot ducts or flues, static electricity, and electric lamps or heating elements.

 10. When transferring flammable liquids, bond the containers to each other and ground the one being dispensed from. This will prevent sparks from static electricity.

 Location of Extinguishers:

SRC Electrical has approximately 30 ABC fire extinguishers located throughout the facility. The exact locations of extinguishers are placed in readily visible and available locations based on the anticipated class of fire and distance of travel by employee to the extinguisher. Know where one is at in your area.

 Classification of Extinguishers: There are four classifications of fire extinguishers.

  • Class A—Used for combustibles, such as wood, paper and textiles. Class A extinguishers can be identified by a letter A in a triangle. If the triangle can be identified by color, it will be green.
  • Class B—Used for flammable liquids, such as greases, paints and gasoline. Class B extinguishers can be identified by a letter B in a square. The square will be color coded red.
  • Class C—Used for electrical fires. Class C extinguishers can be identified by a letter C in a circle. If the circle can be identified by color, it will be blue.
  • Class D—Used for combustible metals such as aluminum, magnesium and titanium. These fire extinguishers can be identified by a letter D in a five point star. If the star is color coded it will be yellow.
  • Class K—Used for fires that involve cooking oils and are usually found in commercial kitchens. Class K extinguishers can be identified by a letter K in a black hexagon.

 Fire Extinguisher Procedures:

The general operating instructions for a fire extinguisher follow four simple steps known as the PASS method.

P—Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that keeps the handle from being pressed. Break the plastic or thin wire inspection band.

A—Aim the nozzle or outlet toward the fire. Some hose assemblies are clipped to the extinguisher body. Release it and aim.

S—Squeeze the handle above the carrying handle to discharge the agent inside. The handle can be released to stop the discharge at any time.

S—Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the flames to disperse the extinguishing agent.

Remember:

  1. Know where the fire extinguishers are in your area.
  2. Do not block fire extinguishers, keep them assessable.
  3. If you have a fire in your area, page CODE RED to that area for help.

You are responsible for fire prevention!! For the sake of your own safety and the safety of your co-workers! 

 

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