|Charles Jones of the Grand Island Fire |
Company discusses fire safety
The correct way to operate a fire extinguisher involves the word "PASS."
Pull out the pin safely.
Aim the nozzle at the bass of the fire.
Squeeze the nozzle.
Sweep the fire, making sure to get it all.
And there's more. I learned quite a bit about fire safety when I went to visit Huth Road Elementary School yesterday to take pictures for the PTA. Charles Jones of the Grand Island Fire Company spent the week visiting local schools. Yesterday, I saw him at Huth Road Elementary School during his presentation for fourth and fifth graders. Today, I saw him again at the Grand Island Fire Company's annual open house.
So... where do fires start? When I was a kid, I was terrified of fire. I truly didn't understand that fires actually had a cause. I believed that all fires were the result of spontaneous combustion. In my mind, a fire could start anywhere at any time. It wasn't a very reassuring thought.
The idea that fires actually have causes and, therefore, can be prevented is much more reassuring. One of the most common places for a fire to start is in a kitchen. Kitchens are actually fairly hazardous places because of the presence of oils, chemicals, and electricity.
Other places that fires start readily are in industrial buildings. The chemicals are extremely volatile and everything burned, despite the presence of fire safety doors and sprinklers.
How should you keep safe?
|This is a simulation of a living|
room. It was set on fire as a demonstration
of fire fighting techniques during
the Grand Island Fire Company
|firefighters dressed in their gear. Most|
firefighters in the United States
are members of volunteer units.
|the fire has been started and smoke is|
beginning to form. First the smoke
is white, but, later, it turns black. Today, the
winds caused the smoke to blow mostly
to the north.
Don't play with matches or fire.
Be careful with electricity.
Be safe in the kitchen.
|It's a conflagration!|
If you see smoke, get low to the floor and crawl. Before opening doors, touch doors to make sure that they don't feel too hot. Don't hide. Fires are frightening and, usually, we like to hide from danger, but hiding in a burning building is a very dangerous idea. Scared or not, you get out of the burning building. Don't go back inside for any reason whatsoever! Once you're out, stay out
|The fire is out. It still needs to be|
inspected and investigated. Although there
are no more flames, this room
is still considered to be a fire hazard.
"We are your friends," Charles Jones said, explaining that firefighters may sound ferocious. "We have to yell so you can hear us."
Remember! Always have a planned escape route and two ways out of every room!