2013-02-07 / Community

Schoolcraft County CERT conducts fire extinguishing clinics


Above from left to right: Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital employees Lisa Rosebush and Lisa Boudreau take their turn working with response team members on fire extinguisher procedures. 
Courtesy photo Above from left to right: Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital employees Lisa Rosebush and Lisa Boudreau take their turn working with response team members on fire extinguisher procedures. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE - The Schoolcraft County Community Emergency Response Team, under the direction of Bob Billings, recently trained Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital employees on the proper techniques of operating fire extinguishers in the event of small fires, such as one which may be found in a waste basket.

The exercise was a way for the hospital to promote workplace safety as time is of great importance when it comes to fire prevention. Employees who are knowledgeable and confident in their ability to operate a small fire extinguisher may make all the difference in the out-come of fire containment.

In the event of a workplace fire the following procedures are recommended:

Always rescue yourself first.

Immediately activate the alarm if your business is equipped with alarms and call 911.

Contain the fire by closing all doors behind you. And, if safely possible, extinguish a fire in its early stage.

It is very important for all businesses to have good, tested, and reliable smoke detectors and to insure they have a fire extinguisher that is full and up to date and that all employees know where it is located and are trained on how to properly use the extinguisher.

Most small fire extinguishers operate by using the P.A.S.S. technique:

Pull: Pull the pin which will also break the tamper seal.

Aim: Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire

Squeeze: Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent

Sweep: Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Continue to watch the area to insure the fire is out. Never turn your back on a fire or one that was just extinguished.

CERT encourages any business, large or small, to contact their team for free workplace instructions on how to safely and efficiently operate a small fire extinguisher.

Interested individuals can contact Bob Billings or Cathy Flores at (906) 341-3232.

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