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Take a Lesson in Fire Extinguisher Training

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SORM Presents [Fire Burning Sound]
Fire Extinguishers and Fire Safety My name is Sam Stone with the State Office of Risk
Management and today we’re talking about fire safety and the two main points here is A)
evacuate: We want you to get out. We can replace everything in this room;
we cannot replace you. and B) Never use an extinguisher unless
you’re trained and authorized to do so I would not expect you use that
extinguisher unless the fire were between you and your right of egress or you it was between you and your
children again we like to emphasize “Get out.”
Fire is a tricky thing if you had to fight a fire we would
recommend the P.A.S.S. method. Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. You would PULL the pin from the canister AIM at the base of the fire SQUEEZE the lever and SWEEP the extinguisher at the base
of the fire. Again, I don’t like to recommend that
unless it’s an emergency because fire is a tricky
thing. You may remember the fire triangle from high school chemistry class where you have heat oxygen and fuel. Extinguishers work
differently. Some will take out the heat, some will eliminate the oxygen, some will
take out the fuel. But you have to have the right
extinguisher for the right job you know there are basically four types of
fire that we talk about A, B, C, and D “A” to me stands for “Ashes” anything that burns up in a fire that
creates ashes common combustibles, you know like anything in your cart or in your trash
can “B” is “Blow up.”
Those are flammable
liquids acetone, paint thinner, gasoline, methanol “C” is an “electrical fire” computers, electricity, electrical circuitry — very
dangerous fire black toxic smoke and “D” to me stands for “dead” That’s a metal fire. Those are very rare. This is what a lot of people refer to use an ABC
extinguisher. It’s not really an ABC extinguisher it’s a dry chemical
extinguisher but it’s used for a type “A,” “B,” or “C” fire. The problem is this extinguishers isn’t going to last very
long and you have to sometimes be within six feet of that hot white bright burning fire
to take out the oxygen with this extinguisher what we want to do? Get out. I would never
expect anyone to fight a fire if it were beyond the
incipient stage, beyond the very beginning stage of the fire for example if you had to crawl on the ground
avoid to smoke or if you had to have an SCBA to get to the fire that’s beyond the incipient stage. We want you to get out.
[Fire crackles] In summary, we talked about evacuating the building safely, not using a fire extinguisher unless we absolutely have to and please check your policy and procedure
on building evacuation and reporting to the predetermined area. For more information, check out the SORM website [Fire Crackles]

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