Fire Prevention

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Oct 11, 2017

This week is Fire Prevention week. This is the week where fire companies educate the public on how to take precaution to prevent fires and what to do if there is a fire. We are going to go over how to prepare for a fire, how to evacuate, how to use a fire extinguisher, and what to do if you were to catch yourself on fire. Although, we usually go over safety tips for the material handling industry, most of the safety tips we go over today can also be used in your home, not just your place of work.

Things you can do to prepare for a fire:
-Put smoke alarms inside every room, especially sleeping areas
-Make sure to test your alarms every month
-Make an evacuation plan and practice it twice a year
-If a fire happens, get out, stay out, call for help, and NEVER go back inside

Tips to evacuate:
-Make sure to shut doors behind you
-Get low to the ground and crawl if there is smoke above you
-Know where to meet after the evacuation
-Practice your escape twice a year
-Never ignore the alarm
-Never use the elevator
-After evacuating never stand out front. Keep that area clear for firefighters

To learn more about evacuations, read our #YHSafetyTips post about evacuations or visit OSHA's website on evacuation standards.

How to use a fire extinguisher:
P. - Pull the pin
A. - Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire
S. - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
S. – Sweep

To learn more about fire extinguishers read our Fire Extinguisher SafetyTips post below

Stop, Drop, & Roll Tips
-Stop where you are
-Drop to the ground, cover your eyes and mouth with your hands
-Roll around, back and forth until the flames go out
-Get medical help for the burns, after the flames go out

Download this checklist to make sure your home and work area is safe: Download checklist

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