Fire Extinguisher Use 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NRPA), "In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States … [resulting in] $14.3 billion in property damages. [This means in 2015] a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds." (http://www.nfpa.org).

Each LIM College facility has modern fire systems that consist of sprinkler systems, annunciators, strobes, emergency exit signage and fire pull-stations. The College also has strategically placed fire extinguishers on all floors of all facilities. In case of a small fire requiring the use of an extinguisher, please follow the steps below:

 

Response

  1. Remain calm 
  2. Evaluate the situation 
  3. If the fire is small, use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Remember the acronym PASS.
    1. Pull the pin 
    2. Aim at the base of the fire 
    3. Squeeze the trigger 
    4. Sweep back and forth at the base of the fire until extinguished
  4. If the fire is too large or cannot be extinguished, pull the nearest fire alarm and evacuate
  5. Close doors behind you when evacuating. This will help prevent the fire and smoke from spreading. 
  6. Dial, or have someone dial 911 and the LIM College Emergency Line at 711 or (212) 310-0660
  7. Assist others when evacuating 
  8. Notify the Building Team Members or First Responders of anyone injured or in need of assistance 
  9. Move to the predetermined muster / evacuation points 
  10. Assist with getting accountability of all students, faculty, staff and visitors 
  11. Do not talk to the media. Refer all media questions to the LIM College Communications Department.

LIM College has Class ABC fire extinguishers distributed throughout all facilities. Additionally, residence hall kitchen areas are equipped with Class K fire extinguishers for oil and grease fires. 

For a demonstration on fire extinguisher use please see this video produced by ABC News:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw4uIiXUCY4