Post-Flood Fire Safety Checklist

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Vapors from flammable liquids, gasses, organic dusts and fibers present a serious potential for fire and/or explosion.

After a flood, a number of actions should be taken to re-establish the fire safety of the facility. These include:

Building and Grounds

Conduct a damage assessment as soon as the area is safe to enter.
Check for possible washouts that may have undermined roads, buildings, water mains, or gravity tank foundations.
Provide access to building and grounds by clearing debris from outside areas.
Check to ensure roads for fire department access are open and undamaged.
Clear fire exits of debris and floodwater barriers (e.g., sandbags).
Review emergency evacuation plan and adjust, if needed, to accommodate flood damage.
Clear fire hydrants of any debris that might hinder access by the fire department.

Fire Protection Equipment

Inspect all fire protection equipment for physical damage, including sprinkler heads, valves and pipes
Check sprinkler valves for operation and proper settings.
Verify water supply pressure is equal to previous reading.
Perform a main drain test, after fully servicing the automatic sprinkler system.
If the temperature will fall below freezing, provide temporary heating for the sprinkler system.
Check fire pump intakes and discharges for obstruction, and clean if necessary.
Replace fire pump electrical motors and overhaul internal combustion motors that have been under water.
Drain or pump out all valves pits containing water or silt.
Remove, clean and dry any fire hoses that were submerged in water.
Test fire alarm and detection systems for proper operation.
Inspect and clean all portable extinguishers that have been submerged.

Flammable and Combustible Liquids and Gasses

Check flammable and combustible liquids or gas containers for damage.
Check bulk tanks for damage, broken piping and settling of tank.

Heating and Electrical Equipment

Have equipment that has been flooded cleaned, dried out and the electrical insulation tested.
Have heating equipment serviced by a qualified technician before returning it to operation.
Ensure that all cords and equipment used during recovery efforts are listed or approved for wet locations.
Monitor portable and emergency generator use for carbon monoxide buildup, power back feeds and improper fueling.

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