Safety Spotlight – Fire Safety & Fire Wardens

As part of November’s Hazard of the MonthFire, we’re highlighting two key areas: Fire Safety and Fire Wardens.

Fire Safety

Work involving flammable substances like gases, vapours, mists, or combustible dusts can lead to fires or explosions if mixed with air and ignited. These incidents can cause severe damage to lives, property, the environment, and businesses.

Preventative measures, including proper storage, ventilation, and employee training, are crucial to minimise the risks associated with these substances and ensure workplace safety.

Dangerous substances that could cause a fire come in many forms. These include:

  • Liquids: Including petrol, fuels, ink, paints, adhesives and cleaning fluids
    • These emit a flammable vapour which can ignite or explode when mixed with air
  • Dusts: Including coal, wood, sugar, flour, grain, synthetic organic chemicals, and some metals
    • They can be be raw materials, intermediates, finished or waste products
    • Can be found across many industries, including food/animal feed, chemicals, woodworking, rubber and plastic processing and metal powders
    • Combustible dust clouds can violently explode with a source of ignition
  • Gases: Including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), hydrogen or other flammable industrial gases
    • Often stored in pressurised containers, uncontrolled releases of these gases can ignite
  • Solids: Including packaging, plastic foam, and textiles
    • These can burn fiercely and give off dense, and sometimes poisonous, smoke

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Fire Wardens

One of the responsibilities of a fire warden is to understand the different types of fires and the different types of equipment required to fight these fires. There are a number of fire fighting tools, including but not limited to:

  • Fire Extinguishers – There are multiple types of fire extinguishers, each designed for use of a different type of fire.
    • Water: For fires that involve organic solid materials such as wood, cloth, paper, plastics, coal etc.
    • Water Spray: For fires that involve organic solid materials such as wood, cloth, paper, plastics, coal etc. Have significantly improved fire fighting capability compared to standard water extinguishers.
    • Water Mist (De-Ionised Water): Suitable for A, B, C rated risks, small amounts of burning fats, and some electrical fires.
    • Powder: For use on organic solids or liquid fires (grease, fats, oil, paint, petrol, etc.), but not on chip or fat pan fires.
    • Dry Powder: For use on fires involving combustible metals.
    • Foam: For fires involving solids or burning liquids, but not chip or fat pan fires.
    • CO2: For live electrical equipment – care must be taken in small rooms.
    • Wet Chemical: For Class F fires, involving cooking oils and fats
  • Fire Blankets – Used for smothering small fires, usually cooking fires.
  • Hose Reel – for organic solid material fires.
  • Fire Buckets – A bucket with water can be used as a supplementary to an extinguisher or a first attack if one is not available for Class A fires.

Anyone using a fire extinguisher should know what extinguishers are present in their workplace and what fire types they are suitable for.

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