Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cal Ripken, Jr. gives tips to help prevent workplace fires and ensure the safety of your workers

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On an average day in America, there are over 200 workplace fires causing hundreds of fatalities and thousands more injuries. In this video Cal Ripken, Jr. gives you some tips to help you prevent workplace fires and ensure the safety of your workers. Brought to you by Northern Safety, which offers a full line of safety and industrial products.

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Portable fire extinguisher basics

From Northern Safety News & Information - Northern Safety Co., Inc.

Portable fire extinguisher basics
Fires can be dangerous and costly, and a portable fire extinguisher can be an effective tool to help control or put out early-stage fires.

Fire extinguishers are classified by the type of fire they will extinguish and include:

Class A: Water, used for fires involving ordinary combustibles such as paper, cloth, wood, rubber, and many plastics

Class B: CO2, used for fires involving flammable liquids such as oils, gas, some paints, lacquers, grease, and solvents

Class C: Dry chemical, used for fires involving electrical
equipment such as wiring, fuse boxes, energized electrical machinery,
computers, or other electrical items

Class ABC: Multi-purpose, can be used for most fires involving ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical equipment

Class D: Used for fires involving powders, flakes, or shavings of metals such as magnesium, titanium, potassium, and sodium

Class K:Used for fires involving cooking fluids such as oils and fats

Most handheld fire extinguishers use the P.A.S.S. technique to operate:

• Pull the pin. This will prepare the extinguisher for use and break the tamper seal.
• Aim the extinguisher nozzle low, at the base of the fire
• Squeeze the handle to release extinguishing materials
• Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Then watch. Repeat the process if the fire begins to flame back up

Take time to develop an emergency action plan for fire safety. With the proper planning, fire safety equipment, and training, companies can help protect workers and property.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New free Post-Blast Response training video from the Firefighters Support Foundation - Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd

From Hemming Group Ltd

New free Post-Blast Response training video from the Firefighters Support Foundation

Published:  25 November, 2015

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Post-Blast Response is now available free of charge.

Presented by August Vernon, an emergency management subject matter expert, the 32-minute video accompanies a 47-slide PowerPoint presentation. The video explains why post-blast response is an important subject for firefighters, EMTs, search and rescue, and other emergency management  personnel.  It describes the actions and tactics to be employed immediately after the blast is called in, while arriving on scene, during the first critical minutes, and throughout what will certainly be a  lengthy investigation.

‘This program also describes ways in which various the public safety agencies need to work together and describes critical elements of the ICS system that will play a key role,’ said FSF President David

The PowerPoint resource can be used by any agency or member either as is or as a basis from which to construct training modules or presentations. Download your copy from