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Procedures to be followed in case of a laboratory fire

If your clothes or the clothes of a worker catch on fire:

If a person's clothing is on fire, he/she must not be allowed to run, as this will fan the flames and cause a more serious burn. Remember!  STOP, DROP and ROLL. Clothing fires must be extinguished immediately, before anything else is done, in order to minimize skin burns.  Try not to use your hands for they will also burn.

  1. Put the person under a shower or wrap him/her in a fire blanket, use an extinguisher, or whatever is available to smother the flames.
  2. Roll the person on the floor if necessary.
  3. After calling the emergency numbers, place clean, wet, ice-packed cloths on small burned areas wrap the person warmly to avoid shock, and secure medical assistance.

In the case of any fire or any other emergency, Public Safety must be notified immediately.
Provide the following information when calling Public Safety:
Name, uni and a phone #
Location: Building, floor and room
Type of emergency: Fire, Chemical Spill etc.
Gravitas of situation and if there is a need for FDNY, EMS or NYPD.

Fire-fighting procedures for controllable fires

  1. For all fires, the fire alarm must be transmitted to ensure Fire Department response.

In the case of any fire or any other emergency, Public Safety must be notified immediately.

Provide the following information when calling Public Safety:
Name, uni and a phone #
Location: Building, floor and room
Type of emergency: Fire, Chemical Spill etc.
Gravitas of situation and if there is a need for FDNY, EMS or NYPD.

  1. The decision of whether to fight the fire oneself or to wait for fire-fighting help must be made according to the type and size of the fire, its location and the circumstances of the fire. A small fire in a container may be easily snuffed out by the placement of a nonflammable cover across the container opening. A small fire in an area free of other fuels can be extinguished with appropriate available extinguishers before calling for help. When extinguishing a burning solid, direct the extinguisher discharge at the base of the flame; in the case of burning liquids, direct it at the leading edge. Larger or rapidly growing fires are best left to the Fire Department.
  2. To extinguish a minor fire with an extinguisher: Remember!  PASS:

    Pull Pin
    Aim
    Squeeze handle
    Sweep from side to side

  3. If your extinguisher needs to be replaced, call EH&S at (212)854-8749 (MS) or (212)305-6780 (CUMC).

Evacuation procedures for uncontrollable fires

  1. Leave the area of danger. DO NOT stay to fight a large fire. Rescue anyone in immediate danger. On your way out, if it can be done safely, turn off equipment and move any explosive or flammable materials away from possible contact with hot surfaces or other sources of ignition. Using the laboratory circuit breaker is often the quickest and most effective way to turn off all the laboratory's electrical equipment simultaneously. For this reason, the circuit breaker must always be readily accessible. Your safe exit, however, must be given the highest priority. 
  2. Transmit the fire alarm by pulling the alarm box in the hallway, notify personnel on the floor and call the Public Safety.

In the case of any fire or any other emergency, Public Safety must be notified immediately.
Provide the following information when calling Public Safety:
Name, uni and a phone #
Location: Building, floor and room
Type of emergency: Fire, Chemical Spill etc.
Gravitas of situation and if there is a need for FDNY, EMS or NYPD.

  1. Leave by means of one of the predetermined evacuation routes for your laboratory area.  If possible, confine the fire by closing doors as you leave.  Evacuate promptly and meet outside the building away from the entrance.  Conduct a roll call of workers and make sure all are accounted for.  If not, notify the on-scene Fire Department immediately.