Fire Safety Guidelines

8 Fire Safety Guidelines Environmental Health and Safety Types of Fire Extinguishers Ordinary combustibles: wood, paper, rubber, fabrics and many plastics. Class A Flammable liquids & gases: gasoline, oils, paint, lacquer and tar. Class B Live electrical equipment: electrical panels, cords, circuits, switches, wiring, etc. Class C Combustible metals and metal alloys: magnesium, sodium, potassium, powdered aluminum. Class D Fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media: Vegetable or animal oils and fats. Class K Protect the heads • Do not hang anything on the sprinkler heads or piping. This could cause them to fail in a fire, or break causing undesired flooding. • Do not to block the path of the pre-designed sprinkler spray pattern. Keep all items at least 18 inches below the bottom of all sprinkler heads. Fire Department Connections Fire department connections (FDC’s) connect the fire truck to the building’ssprinkler or standpipesysteminorder tosupplyfiresuppression water to the building. Tampering or blocking a FDC is illegal. Fire Alarm System Every occupied structure at Iowa State has a fire alarm in accordance with code. These systems are inspected, tested, and maintained by trained staff at FP&M and DOR. For problems with fire alarm systems in DOR controlled buildings call (515) 294–3322; for all other buildings call FP&M (515) 294-5100. • Never remove a smoke detector to stop or prevent a nuisance alarm (e.g. from cooking). Use proper ventilation, and take care while cooking to prevent nuisance alarms. • Take every alarm seriously and follow evacuation procedures and audible instructions Fire Extinguishers Fire extinguishers at Iowa State meet regulatory requirements and allow trained employees to attempt to extinguish small fires. EH&S offers hands-on and online training courses covering fire extinguisher use. Fire extinguisher training is required for all university staff on an annual basis. EH&S installs, maintains, and inspects all fire extinguishers on campus. Correct fire extinguishers have been installed based on the hazards in each area. Any extinguisher found to be faulty, discharged or missing must be reported to EH&S at (515) 294-5359 or email. Fire extinguisher use is optional. Prioritize safety when deciding whether to use an extinguisher. Only attempt to use an extinguisher if… • You have been trained. • The fire alarm has been activated and 911 called. • The fire is small and there is a very low amount of smoke. • You have an exit.