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Part III: Personal Protection
Fire Prevention and Safety

OSHA citation 1910.35-38, 1910.155-165

  1. If a fire or explosion occurs in your presence, activate the building evacuation alarm and call the university Fire and Emergency number (9-1-1). Do not hang up until the operator tells you to. Send someone to meet Fire Department personnel outside the building to direct them to the scene. If you cannot account for everyone, inform the Fire Department.
  2. Do not use the elevators. Keep calm; shut off gas, open flames and your equipment before leaving if this does not endanger you. Move any obstructions to one side to allow passage. Close, but do not lock, doors behind you. Proceed at a fast pace, do not run, to the nearest exit. Do not re-enter the building.
  3. Be sure to stay between your escape route and the fire; do not let it trap you. If you are trapped by a fire, stay low to the floor. Crawl to an exit and try to breathe through a wet cloth. In high-rise buildings, get below the fire where you will be safer. If you cannot leave your room, hang something out the window. Do not smash windows, but open them slightly at the bottom and top.
  4. If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll. If a coat or blanket is within five or six steps, roll in it to help smother the flame.
  5. Everyone should be familiar with the location and use of the alarm stations, fire extinguishers and fire hoses. Your knowledge may be called upon to save someone’s life or university property.
  6. Each fire extinguisher has directions for its use on it. Any use, vandalism or corrosion of an extinguisher must be reported to Office of Risk Management.
  7. Flammable or combustible mixtures must be stored and transported only by approved methods and in approved containers. Approved grounding and bonding shall be used when transferring flammable liquids to prevent ignition by static discharge. Do not smoke around flammable material or in any other posted area.
  8. The Bloomington campus is a smoke-free campus; smoking is not permitted in any building or university-owned vehicles.
  9. Service workers see places that other workers do not generally come in contact with and should be alert to recognize potential fire and other safety hazards. If a danger exists, notify Office of Risk Management. (See Confined Space Entry on page 47.)
  10. If a pan of grease or a deep fat fryer catches on fire, turn off the heat. Know the location of the switch panels and turn these off immediately. Use a dry chemical, carbon dioxide extinguisher or baking soda to stop the flames. Never carry a burning liquid. Burning liquids may ignite your clothing.
  11. All decorations for special events must be approved by Office of Risk Management so that a fire hazard is not created and state law is met.
  12. Each person should be familiar with building evacuation plans required by OSHA to be posted in each building.
  13. Replace burned out bulbs in exit signs immediately. Call the Operations Center at 5-8728.
  14. Emergency exits should not be locked or blocked in any manner.

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