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Fire is said to be a good servant but a bad master too. This saying, especially the bad side of fire has compelled Ghana’s premier college, Presbyterian College of Education to protect each edifice on their campus to prevent prospect fire occurence from razing their cherished buildings built over the years down.
Not long ago, all blocks in the college were dotted with Fire Extinguishers but it usage were not known by some students, teachers and non-teaching staffs. Earlier this semester, the Principal of the school, Mr. George Appah invited Fire Service personnels from Mampong Akuapem Fire Service Station for them to demonstrate on how to operate the fire extinguishers.
With students, teaching and non-teaching staffs converged at the College’s Centenary Chapel, the Fire Personnels begun by saying that Fire increase it’s combustibility with the aid of fuel, heat and oxygen. They added that, when one of these aids are sideline from the fire, it will render it ineffective hence extinguish it.
The classes of fires were not left out in their submission, they said, there are five classes of fires. Class A fires are materials which are combustible and these materials are wood, paper, fabric among others. Class B fires are made of flammable liquids and gases and examples are petrol, propane and solvent. With class C fires he said those are fires from gases. Class D fires are those from combustile metals such as magnesium, lithium, titaniun and the likes. He ended at class E fires which he explain as fires which are from live electrical equipments.
Educating the college on how fire can be prevented, they hinted on the dangers of possible occurence of fires in our homes and colleges. Among these dangers are, gas cylinders used in our homes and colleges. He said, they have life span of twelve years and are a threat if their duration elapses. He again cautioned that gas cylinders should be sprayed when they show sign of corroding.
In the elimination of oxgen from fire, the students, teachers and non-teaching staffs gathered around the college’s small field to witness how to extinguish fire using wet blanket and extinguishers. During the demonstration, they hinted that, extinguishing fire by using a wet blanket, the fire should be covered with the blanket from the direction of the wind. They again added that, when removing the wet blanket from the fire, it should be removed from where it was initially held. He stressed, if not, it may cause burns when not properly removed. In following the procedures, the fire personnels successfully removed oxgen from the fire and this extinguished the fire. For both students, teachers and non-teaching staffs to grasp the concept, the fire personnels allowed them to practice using the steps and it was successfully done.
In the aspect of using the fire extinguisher, certain impotant steps were outlined by the fire service personnels. They demonstrated on how to hold the extinguisher. The spectators consisting of students, teachers and non-teaching staffs were showed the handle of the extinguisher and the need to remove the pin during fire outbreak. They again added that, the nozzle of the extinguisher should be directed towards the fire when extinguishing fire.