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Call 9-1-1 in any life-threatening situation
- Evacuate First!
- Know where nearest alarm pull stations are.
- Know where closest fire extinguisher is.
- Know your emergency exits.
- Learn your exit routes.
- Know your assembly location.
- Do not panic!
- Call 911 and/or local Public Safety team.
- Keep work areas clean and clutter-free.
- Know how to handle and store chemicals.
- Know what you are expected to do in an emergency.
- Keep flammables away from ignition sources.
- Utilize flammable storage cabinets.
- Know your chemical properties (check the MSDS for flammable/combustible information).
- Do not block fire extinguishers with clutter or equipment.
- Do not overload outlets -use a track plug.
- Practice good housekeeping techniques in the lab/office/work area.
- Inspect wires for possible damage and replace as needed.
When do YOU fight the fire?
- You are properly trained in the use of the extinguisher.
- You are confident you can put the fire out.
- Fire is small and confined.
- You can fight the fire with your back toward an escape route.
- The extinguisher matches the fire type.
- The extinguisher works effectively.
- Alarm has been sounded.
- Building has been evacuated.
Downloads & Resources
FEMA Fire Extinguisher Training