Fire Safety

20-04-01 - Fire Safety guidelines can be found on page 63 of Loyola's safety practices guide.  

Fire Emergency Response

Are you prepared for a fire emergency?  In the event of a fire or other emergency, cooperation and participation of every building occupant is critical to safely and orderly evacuate.  Departments should ensure that all employees are familiar with the procedure to follow in the event of an emergency.  Preplan your response.  Know the nearest location of fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire exit stairwells.

Procedures to follow:

If you discover a fire: R.A.C.E.

Remove personnel from the immediate area.
Activate the building fire alarm and call 9-1-1 or report the fire to the Loyola University Police at x3434 or off campus at (504) 865-3434.
Confine the area by closing all windows and doors to the room or area.
Evacuate the building.

If a small fire occurs, “First Aid” firefighting may be initiated by using portable fire extinguishers.  A small fire would involve trash cans and electrical equipment, appliances, and small pieces of furniture, etc.  Loyola personnel are not trained or are they expected to fight fires other than incipient small fires.  However, if the fire is any larger than a trash can size fire, or involves considerable amounts of smoke and toxic gases, fire suppression must not be attempted.

Fire Extinguisher

Do you know what type of fire extinguisher is appropriate for your area and how to use it effectively?  Different types of fire extinguishers are designed to fight different classes of fire.  The types of extinguishers used in Loyola buildings are of the stored pressure variety and include water (A), chemical (BC), Halon (BC) or (ABC), and dry powder chemical ABC and BC Units.

Fire Classifications                             

  • Class A – Class A fires involve the ordinary combustible materials such as wood, cloth or paper.  Water is effective in extinguishing Class A fires.  
  • Class B – Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, grease and chemicals.  Dry chemical or carbon dioxide extinguishers are effective in extinguishing Class B fires.  NEVER use water to extinguish flammable liquid fires.  Water would result in the spreading of the fire.
  • Class C – Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment.  Dry chemical or carbon dioxide extinguishers are effective in extinguishing Class C fires.  NEVER use water to extinguish Class C fires.  
  • Class D – Class D fires involve combustible metals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and lithium.  Dry chemical or carbon dioxide extinguishers are effective in extinguishing Class C fires.  NEVER use water to extinguish Class C fires.  Use specific “Class D” extinguishing agent for that class of fire.

How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher

Remember P.A.S.S. when using a fire extinguisher.

Pull the pin and stand 6 to 10 feet away from the fire.
Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames.
Squeeze the trigger or handle while holding the extinguisher upright.
Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, covering all areas of the fire with the extinguishing agent.