Study

Fuel Handling

 

When working with any fuels exercise caution at all times.

Do not smoke around or have open flames near a fuel container.

If you spill fuel on your clothing, immediately remove yourself from any flame source and change clothes.

Review WHMIS information if working with gasoline, diesel, stove fuel, propane or fire foam or other types of Dangerous Goods.

Always read the label on any product with a WHMIS sticker if you are required to use it.

Always store compressed gas cylinders in a safe location.

Keep open flames away from any container marked “Flammable”.

Always wear required protection gear as indicated on the WHMIS label.

Know how to access the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) when required.

Do not work with any regulated material if you are unfamiliar with the substance or do not have the proper protective equipment.

Do not do any task that you are untrained or unprepared to do.

Report any problems you encounter to your supervisor immediately.


Miscellaneous Safety Concerns

 

Remove all garbage, plastic water bottles, etc. from your worksite daily. Maintain a clean, litter free camp if you are staying in one. This will minimize the potential for bear problems.

Except for a low intensity rank 1 or 2 fires, avoid working at the head of the fire.

Be aware that a “red flag warning” means that strong winds are expected and precautions must be taken to ensure crew safety.

MOST OF firefighting SAFETY IS COMMON SENSE!

ALWAYS THINK AND BE AWARE!

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF YOUR FELLOW CREW MEMBERS!

WHEN IN DOUBT…. BACK OUT!

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF firefighting IS SAFETY!