FIRE, SAFETY, AND FIRST AID
In this lesson, you will learn about fire, safety and first aid. You will also be instructed on how to properly fill a
tank, charge (pressurize) the system, and discharge the system to extinguish a petroleum fire.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe methods of controlling or eliminating vapor formation, sources of ignition, and
sources of static electricity, selecting the proper type of fire extinguisher for each class of fire, identifying health
hazards dealing with petroleum products as well as first aid procedures.
Given the appropriate instruction and references.
Describe the proper fire, safety and first aid procedures IAW the given references and
corresponding lesson plan.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from FM 10-67-1, and FM 10-67-2.
Because of the very nature of petroleum products, there are many hazards involved in the handling and storing of
them. The greatest and most obvious is fire. However, we must not overlook the many health and safety hazards
besides fire that are also present when operating a petroleum facility. In this lesson, we will discuss how we can
prevent loss of life and property caused by these hazards through the application of proper safety procedures.
Fire, Safety, and First Aid.
The number of fires caused by uncontrollable natural reactions is minimal compared to those caused by human
carelessness and lack of the interest in the characteristics, chemistry, and physics of fire. Knowledge of the
principles of fire can help in extinguishing those fires whatever the source.
Nature of Fire.
Fire is a rapid chemical reaction that releases heat and light, especially the releasing of heat from the combination
of a combustible substance with oxygen.