Fire Growth Fact
A fire will multiply its size by 5 times in 1 minute, by 25 times in 2 minutes and by 125 times in 3 minutes.
Being Prepared for a Fire Emergency
While fires can be a part of any major disaster, fires don't need to be disaster-related to be a problem. Fortunately, fire emergency preparedness is easy to learn. REMEMBER TO REPORT ALL FIRES TO YOUR SUPERVISOR IMMEDIATELY, even if they seem insignificant. Protect yourself:
1. Learn evacuation procedures and established escape routes.
2. Know where the fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers are located throughout your work area.
3. Never block access to fire fighting equipment or alarm systems. When you need to use it, you need it without delay.
4. Inspect fire extinguishers in your immediate area at least once a month. If the arrow in the gauge is not in the "green," or if anything appears doubtful, report it immediately to your supervisor.
When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
In a fire emergency, safety comes first and every second counts.
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: The P.A.S.S. Method
Be Calm! Be Quick! To properly use a portable fire extinguisher, know how to detach extinguishers from their mountings, then follow these steps:
Stand 6 to 8 feet from the fire.
1. Pull the safety pin to unlock the lever for discharge.
2. Aim the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
3. Squeeze the lever below the handle (or press the button) to discharge the extinguishing agent.
4. Sweep the nozzle back and forth across the base of the fire, discharging all of the agent to assure the fire is out.
Notice the key letters above to easily recall what to do.
Extinguish a Blaze Yourself ONLY:
1. When and if you are certain the fire is small and can be successfully fought with a portable fire extinguisher.
2. When and if you have established a safe exit route from the area of the fire.
3. If the fire is blocking your exit to a safe area, then use it to clear a safe path.