Veritas Versity Organizes Fire Prevention Training for Veritas Community
Veritas University, Abuja on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, in conjunction with the officers of Fire Service, Bwari Office organized training on fire outbreak and it’s prevention for staff and students of the University. The training commenced at 4:00pm.
The training centered on fire outbreak and included practical demonstrations of fire fighting techniques. According to the trainers, “fire can be caused by two factors: human and natural factors”. Natural factors include earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanic eruptions. While examples of fire outbreak due to human factor include but not limited to faulty cooking equipment, smoking in bedrooms, use of candles, faulty wiring to mention a few. He went on to talk about the equipment used for fire prevention which includes, fire extinguisher, fire blanket, fire hose reels, signage, sprinklers, first aid kits, emergency, and exit signs and smoke alarms.
The trainer expounded more on fire extinguishers which is one of the common equipment for fire prevention. Fire extinguishers include water fire extinguishers suitable for fighting fires involving solid combustibles such as wood, paper, and textiles. Others include AFFF FOAM, Carbon Dioxide (Co2), ABC Powder, Water Mist and WET Chemical. Fire extinguisher also has four classes- A, B, C, D, and each class can put out different types of fire. Class A extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood and paper. Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil. Class C extinguishers are suitable for use only on electrically energized fires. While class D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals.The final exercise was the practical demonstration of fire fighting techniques using the word, “PASS: P (Pull): Pull the pin. This will break the tamper seal; A (Aim low): Pointing the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire; S (Squeeze): Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. S: sweep from side to side at the base of the fire source until the fire is out.