For the dual celebration of Women’s Month and Fire Prevention month in March, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted a Fire Emergency and Prevention Training for women on March 23, 2022 held at the MGB- X grounds.

Anchored on this year’s Fire Prevention Month theme “Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog Hindi ka Nagiisa”, MGB X women   indulged themselves on a training geared on Fire Prevention and Firefighting traditionally designed for men.

 A short lecture was conducted prior to the actual drill dealing on the triangle of fire such as fuel, oxygen and heat; fuel classification; and types of Fire Extinguisher classified in the matrix below:

                 Types of Fire Extinguisher                  Causes of Fire
  A – CONTAINS WATER

(Removes heat by cooling)

wood, paper, rubber, plastics and other ordinary combustible
  B –  DRY CHEMICAL

(Sodium Bicarbonate)

(Mono-Ammonium Phosphate)

Gasoline, kerosene, paint and  flammable gases
  C –   NON-CONDUCTIVE AGENT

(Carbon Dioxide)

wiring, appliances, outlets, energized electrical equipment and other electrical equipment
  D –  DRY POWDER

(To smother the fire)

Magnesium, sodium, potassium – combustible metals
  K  –  DRY OR WET CHEMICAL

(forms a soapy foam to suppress  the

fire

Vegetable oil, animal oil fats- cooking media
ABC – Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical -most

Commonly used fire extinguisher

 

Other important points of the lecture are the essential steps to take if one discovers fire under the acronym RACE:

  • R –           Rescue anyone in immediate danger of the fire
  • A –          Alarm  – pull the nearest t fire alarm and call fire response
  • C-            Contain fire by closing all doors in the fire area
  • E-            Extinguish fire. If not, evacuate the area and close door

And the acronym PASS on how to operate fire extinguisher in case of fire:

  • P-            Pull the pin, release a lock latch or press the puncture lever
  • A-           Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • S-            Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher
  • S-            Sweep from side to side at the base of the flame