RACE PASS is a fire safety protocol that was created for hospitals and nursing homes, so successful that it has since been introduced to the general workplace for its effectiveness in preparing staff for a fire emergency. Rescue, Alarm, Contain and Extinguish when you first encounter a fire, and Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep when using a fire extinguisher.

Advocated by fire safety professionals, RACE PASS is excellent training for both fire response teams and general staff. With simple, straight-forward steps, RACE PASS creates a systematic method for protecting life and then property with emphasis on individual safety.

What to do when encountering a fire:

Rescue includes assisting those in need from the fire area to an area of safety. This may also include the moving of large numbers of people who may need additional staff assistance out of an area. Such assistance ranges from opening doors and windows to providing a shoulder for someone to lean on, as well as performing various lifts, drags, and carries necessary to remove people who cannot remove themselves. Blanket drags are a quick and easy to accomplish moving a individual that is unable to be carried.

Alarm or Alert may be as simple as telling a fellow worker to call the fire department, activating a manual pull station, or sending out a code over the public address system. The plan must include early fire department notification.

Confining the fire can be a quick and simple procedure for preventing spread of fire. Close doors behind the last person leaving an area and close every door passed on the way out. Confining the fire limits the migration of heat and smoke as individuals are moved out of the building.

Extinguish is an option for staff members who are competent in using a fire extinguisher and are comfortable that building evacuation is underway and they have a clear, unobstructed exit. Do not force those who are uncomfortable with using a portable fire extinguisher to do so, as they can be of assistance in the previously mentioned items (Rescue, Alarm, and Confine), as well as keeping the group together and performing a head count to see if anyone may be missing.

For when operating a fire extinguisher during the Extinguish step:

  • Pull the lock-pin from its place;
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames;
  • Squeeze the handles together; and
  • Sweep from side to side at the base of the flames.

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