Houston Daycare Center Fire and Oil Fires

The daycare center fire that recently killed 4 children and left the other kids injured in Houston is tragic.  It”s hard to imagine that a caregiver could be so negligent in leaving 7 kids unattended so she could go shopping at Target.

The caregiver supposedly fled the country back to her homeland in Nigeria.  I hope authorities bring her back and make sure she goes to prison for a very long time.

Reports indicate that the fire started in the kitchen.  My experience tells me that it could have been hot oil in a pan starting the fire. Always remember that oil when heated This last species of credit rating is not, of such value as to be the object of commerce. at higher temperatures has the potential to reach it auto-ignition temperature and start a fire.

I know speaking from experience when I was a young foolish kid leaving the kitchen with a pan of cooking oil on the burner and forgetting to shut it off, nearly burning our house down and causing thousands of dollars in damage.  Not a very good time in my life.

Whatever you do, if there”s hot oil on the burner, remember to shut the pilot off when leaving the kitchen. Don”t let  the cel. phone, door bell, crying kids, or tv distract you.

If you do happen to wander off and find yourself with an oil fire in the kitchen, remember absolutely NO water on the fire, the best way is to use a wet chemical (K-fire extinguisher) or dry chemical fire extinguisher (B-C or A-B-C fire extinguishers) if available.  If not evacuate and dial 911. Please check out this short video,  5 minutes of your time could save a life and your home.

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Don’t Trust this Fire Department

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Come on people this is just pathetic.  I’m sorry I had a good laugh at this. In all seriousness this is unacceptable to the public they serve.  Hopefully someone got fired after this. No pun intended.


More Photos of Grand Prairie,Texas Warehouse Destruction

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A few more photos of the aftermath and cleanup of the warehouse fire in Grand Prairie,TX. Hard to believe this was a total loss with a sprinkler system and fire pump installed. Without any background information it’s hard to make any conclusions. My initial thoughts are sprinkler obstructions, inadequate flue spaces, or shut valves.

Any thoughts? Leave a comment.

Complete Destruction of Warehouse Fire in Grand Prairie, Texas

This picture was taken three days after the devastating warehouse fire in Grand Prairie, TX that occurred on Feb. 8, 2011. In the property insurance industry this would be classified as a Maximum Forseeable Loss (MFL) event (100% loss) and wouldn’t be expected if the warehouse had adequate fire protection systems installed. Sprinklers were installed however not adequate in controlling the fire.  More than likely there were issues with the sprinkler installation or maybe even shut sprinkler control valves.  The investigation is still ongoing.  The warehouse was 400,000 sq. ft. with numerous tenants.  Part of the facility was utilized to store aluminum cans for soft and energy drink beverages.  By looking at some of the debris it appeared that they were cans without the lids, so I’m assuming that the cans were empty and not filled with liquid.  The other part of the facility used for mail sorting. There were small areas where the fire was still smoldering.   The fire department was monitoring the smoldering fire and ATF was on site investigating.

HELP FIRE!!! !Make sure you know the different types of Fire Extinguishers

HELP the “fill in the blank”  is on FIRE!!!!   Following are  a few household tips to keep in mind when operating a fire extinguisher.

1.  Stay calm, contact the fire department by dialing 911.
2.  Make sure that others are evacuated from the premises.
3. If you plan on utilizing a  fire extinguisher, there are several things that you should keep in mind. Fire extinguishers are intended to put out small fires. Fire extinguishers should be only  used if you have the right type of fire extinguisher for that type of application.  If  the fire is too large and/or you don’t have the right fire extinguisher more than likely the fire extinguisher will be ineffective in extinguishing the fire. Evacuate the premises immediately and let the fire department handle.

How to operate a fire extinguisher.

1. Make sure you have a quick way to exit the premises and that the fire is small enough to be controlled by a fire extinguisher.  The following general class of fire extinguishers are as follows:

  • Class A – Ordinary combustibles (paper, wood, plastics, etc.)
  • Class B – Flammable liquids (gas,oils,etc.)
  • Class C – Electrical Equipment (plugged in equipment such as computers, televisions, electronics, etc.)
  • Class K – Kitchen (cooking oils and grease)

2. Utilize the P-A-S-S method.

PULL – the pin from the extinguisher

AIM – stand  8 to 10 ft. from the fire and aim the nozzle at the seat of fire.

SQUEEZE – squeeze the lever handle of the extinguisher to start discharge of the agent while maintaining your distance.

SWEEP – sweep the nozzle from side to side (left to right),  3-6 inches slightly beyond the seat of the fire, keep the constant sweeping motion until the fire is extinguished or the agent is fully discharged.

Remember to follow these simple steps to help protect lives and property.

Check out this video from the Fire Equip. Manuf. Assoc.

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