February, 2003

200301FebAll DayCould It Happen Here?Process Safety Beacon | How Well Are You Trained to Respond to Fires?Lessons:Emergency PreparednessLanguage:EN Origin: CCPS Document Type:Bulletin


Here are some things you can do to prevent fire from occurring or to make sure it is handled safely and correctly.

Fire Prevention and Planning

• Understand possible fire scenarios then know how to report a fire
• Check bonding and ground wires to prevent static ignition when handling flammables liquids or combustible dusts {PSID members see incident 422}
• Know your emergency routes, locations of emergency shelters and rally points
• Take fire extinguisher training, yearly if possible
• Different classes of fires (rubbish, flammables/combustibles, electrical or metals) require different extinguishing materials. Make sure you have the right fire fighting equipment for all potential fires

Responding to Fire

• Always sound a fire alarm before fighting a fire
• Call for help and make sure it is coming before fighting a fire
• Fight fires only if you have been trained to do so
• Make sure you leave a safe unobstructed path for retreat when fighting a fire
• “Stop, Drop and Roll” if your clothing or hair catches fire.
• Make contingency plans and train on handling and disposing of hazardous materials after a fire has occurred, including medical response to hazardous exposures

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