The most important aspect of all this Firefighter Safety stuff I’ve been spouting this past month is YOU! Y-O-U! YOU! No, I’m not saying that you should be selfish, thinking only of yourself (not that I see that as a problem – everything I’ve seen shows huge/selfless hearts & awesome sense of of humor….) I’m saying that you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself and that your being as safe as it is possible to be. Your no good to anyone else if you don’t. Make sure you are taking care of all aspects of your health. We all know that Physical Health & Fitness is an important aspect to the safety of a firefighter, but Mental and Emotional health are just as important. Make sure your keeping yourself safe and using all necessary Gear and PPE. Be Game Ready Every Call Every Time (You can’t help anyone else if you become a victim yourself.
Remember: YOU are Important and STAYSAFE!!!
There is, of course, much more info to be found.
The most important thing with any chemical fire is to know what you are dealing with. In fact, with any fire you should be aware of any potential chemicals that could come into play. In fact, with any fire you should be aware of he potential for chemicals (even minor ones).
Any building containing Hazardous Chemicals should have a NFPA Panel displayed. Material Safety Data Sheets or Product Safety Data Sheets exist for most all chemicals out there. In addition HazMat Placards are required when Hazardous Material is being shipped. Any of these can give invaluable information about various Chemicals. Of course a good rule of thumb is to familiarize yourself with common used Chemicals used in your area (and maybe even some not so common) — After all your going to be hard pressed to find time to study the “books” in the Heat of the Moment.
Remember: Know Your Chemicals and Stay Safe