Fire Experience Small bench top fires are typical and not uncommon.
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Plan your work. Most lab fires result from carelessness!
Minimize materials. Have present only the materials necessary.
Observe proper housekeeping.
Store solvents properly.
Keep flammables in explosion-proof refrigerator.
Don’t block automatic door closures.
Wear proper clothing and hair styles.
During the year 2000- there was only one serious fire situation.
During some microbiology work, a plastic container of ethanol caught fire.
The container melted, causing the lit ethanol to spread.
The biggest problem was when to pull the alarm, before or after fighting the fire- tough decision!
The problems encountered:
Fire alarm was not pulled immediately.
Security was called instead of x2-3232
Security came up instead of pulling alarm and calling fire #!