Inspection and Safety Matters
Fire Extinguisher Training
OSHA Fact Sheets
Safety & Health
Fire Safety Information
Call 911 for all campus emergencies
Most of us give little thought to our surroundings until there is an
accident. "Who put that cord across the floor?" "Who left
those boxes in the hallway?" We all notice what should have
been done after an accident has occurred.
We tend to assume that our offices and buildings are safe, and that
any hazardous condition or activity will be dealt with accordingly.
If a knot of extension cords shorts out and causes a fire, would you
be able to use the nearest fire extinguisher? What if the extinguisher
is empty--or unreachable--or isn't even there? What if you're in
an unfamiliar building and can't find your way out because the exit sign
is burned out or missing? What if the emergency exit is blocked
or locked? Who checks on these things?
Departments are notified of safety violations
with a letter from EHS.
Teaching labs are inspected twice annually, and a report submitted to
the involved departments, facilities maintenance, and high level administration.
Many inspection functions are fulfilled by public agencies such as Normandy
Fire Protection District, and St. Louis County Dept. of Health. This
will include inspection of food service areas, swimming pools, irrigation
systems, and fire pump operation. EHS will coordinate many of these inspections
with the affected departments.
Facilities Maintenance checks all fire extinguishers
in each building to make sure they are ready for emergency use. Sometimes
extinguishers are found empty. Someone has either used it on a
small unreported fire (all fires should be reported) or has discharged
it "for fun." Occasionally extinguishers are stolen. If not
discovered and corrected, these situations can make a big fire out of
a little one. The purpose of fire protection equipment is to be
available when needed.
The Environmental Health & Safety Department is responsible recommending
the type and size of fire extinguisher for a particular location.
Five Main Types of Extinguishers and
- Air Pressurized Water, used mainly on wood, paper and trash. Do
not use on chemicals, grease or electrical wiring.
- Contains mono-ammonium phosphate with a nitrogen carrier and other
ingredients to keep it flowing. Used on paper, trash, wood, liquid
greases, and electrical wiring--not for computers or radio equipment.
- Dry Chemical: basically, baking soda with nitrogen carrier
and other ingredients. Used for liquid greases and electrical--not
for paper, wood or computers.
- Bromochlorodifluormethane, good for computers and electronic eqipment. Also
can be used on paper trash, wood, and liquid greases.
Carbon Dioxide: good
for chemicals, grease,
petroleum products, low-voltage
electrical wiring and
computers--but not for
wood, paper or trash, or