ABSTRACT

Workplace Solutions: Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Fire Fighters Working at Basement and Other Below-Grade Fires   [open pdf - 449KB]

From the Document: "Fire fighters are at significant risk of injury or death when fighting fires in basements or floors below-grade level. The increased risk is due to limited entry and egress; working above the fire; weakened floor structures; being caught in the fire's flow path; unknown fire load; ventilation issues; utility panels, hanging wires, meters, and connections; and appliances. These risks can lead to fire fighter entrapment from floor collapse, burns, and asphyxiation. Fire departments should conduct a complete 360-degree size-up to locate the fire, attack the fire externally, and reassess fire conditions prior to conducting interior operations."

Report Number:
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2018-154; Department of Health and Human Services (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Publication No. 2018-154
Publisher:
Date:
2018-07
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
Source:
Workplace Solutions (July 2018)
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