A few weeks ago, after an impromptu fire alarm coordinated between the fire department and the heads of the safety committee for the center, Alex & Doug, the center staff went through fire extinguisher (re)training. The fire department pulled their truck up on the Irish Green walkway and set up the simulation fire.
As we waited for the set-up, we were taught the different types of fires and extinguishers that are necessary. Not only were we learning about fire safety around the center, but we were taught about fire safety in the home.
The firefighters told us that we should have at least one fire extinguisher in the house, which you could pick up at any Meijer or Menards.
A quick tip they gave us about safe cooking was about grease fire; in case of a grease fire, you should turn off the burner and cover the pan to cut off oxygen to the source. If there isn’t a lid available, a wet towel will also help with a grease fire.
We learned about PASS (Pull the tab, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the trigger, and Sweep water at the base of the fire) and that we should never turn our back on a fire. Luckily, with the center, we don’t have to worry as much with fires. If you remember back in our safety training, the center is built with a three part system to prevent fire.
We have smoke detectors, sprinklers that set off at a certain temperature (dumping 35 gallons of water a minutes), and our 83 fire extinguishers in house! If you see a fire in the building, pull the alarm and call 1-5555 from a campus phone (574 631 5555). The elevator phone connects directly with campus emergency dispatch. It was a fun day to learn and watch about fire safety with the rest of our center team!