YW General Wood Shop Safety | Unit 1e

Fire Safety




Many things in a wood shop could fuel a fire. Because sawdust, wood chips, flammable solvents and oils are combined
with tools that can generate heat and sparks, the possibility that a fire could occur in a wood shop is very real.



Keeping a Clean Work Shop

Fortunately, good work practices can do a lot to prevent fires from happening. One of the best things you can do is keep the shop clean. By regularly cleaning sawdust from tools, work benches and floors, you eliminate a fuel source.


Handling and Storing Flammable Liquids

If you are working with flammable products such as solvents or stains, always make sure you keep the containers closed when you are not pouring liquids out of them. When you are finished working with them, make sure the containers are stored with their lids closed inside of a flammable storage cabinet.



Safe Handling of Waste Rags

If you have waste rags covered with oils or solvents, make sure you put them in the metal safety container at the end of class.



Electrical Safety: Avoid Shorts and Sparks

If power cords or extension cords appear to be damaged stop using the cord or its tool immediately and report it to your teacher. This will prevent sparks if there is an electrical short.



Fire Extinguishers

A fire extinguisher is just a storage container for an extinguishing agent such as water or chemicals. It is designed to put out a small fire, not a big one. The first thing you must do in the event of a fire is immediately notify your teacher. He or she will direct the response.





Make sure you receive training on the proper use of a fire extinguisher. An extinguisher is labeled according to whether it should be used on fires involving wood or cloth, flammable liquids, electrical, or metal sources. Using one type of extinguisher on another type of fire can make the fire much worse (for instance, never use a water extinguisher on an electrical or a grease fire!) So learn how extinguishers are labeled and use

Traditionally the labels A, B, C, or D have been used to indicate the type of fire on which an extinguisher is to be used.



Recently, pictures have come into use to show what type of fire on which an extinguisher is to be used. Pictures with red slashes are fires on which the extinguisher is not to be used. For example, on a class “A” - or water - type, the following symbols would appear:

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