Fire Safety


By: The Pipeline

Every Friday morning, our production and safety teams meet to discuss a range of safety topics. This past week's topic of fire safety was a reality check for many in the group. 

Production Supervisor and Volunteer Fireman Josh Boudreaux provided some startling statistics on the amount of Americans that have a false sense of security about surviving a fire.

A great point was brought up by Safety Manager Issac Dantin about telling your children it is okay to break a window if they need to get out.

"We tell our kids all the time not to break windows, but they need to understand that in this situation, it is okay."

Safety Specialist Toby Talbot talked about the importance of fire extinguishers being ABC capable.

  • A is rated to fight paper, wood, and trash

  • B is rated to fight flammable liquids

  • C is rated to fight electrical

When facing a fire, the following life-saving tips are crucial for you and your family to know if or when the time comes:

Know your resources

  • Identify and locate fire alarms, fire extinguishers, multiple methods of egress, and muster stations

  • Identify emergency response organizational chart with your home or company

Be properly trained

  • Create a fire evacuation plan and practice it

  • Be trained on how to use a fire extinguisher and ensure your extinguishers are certified and up to date

    • Pull pin, aim nozzle, squeeze handle, and sweep side to side


  • Avoid placing objects in front of doors or windows

  • Clear escape routes in your room/building

Take action

  • Identify your situation and pull the fire alarm or yell “FIRE” if there is no audible alarm

  • If the fire is small, call 911 before retrieving a fire extinguisher and attempting to put the fire out

  • Execute fire evacuation plan

  • If it becomes too dangerous, GET OUT!

  • If heavy smoke is in the building, stay low to the floor and crawl to the nearest exit

  • Always check closed doors with the back of your hand before opening. If it’s hot, do not open!

  • Close doors behind you to prevent the spread of fire

  • Never use the elevator during a fire – use the stairs

  • Once outside, call 911 to report emergency

  • Ensure all occupants are accounted for

  • Remain in a safe location and allow first responders to work

If you are trapped...

  • Find a safe location, close the door, stuff towels or clothing under the door, and call 911!

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