Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 18:39:54 -0700
Reply-To: Sheila Kennedy <smk**At_Symbol_Here**CHEM.UCSD.EDU>
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From: Sheila Kennedy <smk**At_Symbol_Here**CHEM.UCSD.EDU>
Organization: University of California, San Diego
Subject: Re: Fire in the fume hood
Comments: To: Kelleigh McCutcheon
In-Reply-To: <000f01c38a94$653e9920$c4cd4218**At_Symbol_Here**>

Our policy for a fire in a teaching lab is that students should be
respond by evacuating the room & the TA/Instructor should be concerned
with directing the evacuation & assuring that everyone is out safely.

Who is left to think about turning off the fume hood? Besides, our
hoods don't have 'off' switches.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Undergraduate Teaching Labs
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA  92093-0303
(858) 534-0221

Kelleigh McCutcheon wrote:

> Hello all,
> Does anyone know whether or not a fume hood should be turned off or left on if fire breaks out in the fume hood?
> We have always assumed that one would turn the fume hood off as not to provide oxygen to the fire; unless noxious fumes are produced by the fire in which case the fume hood would be left on until fire personnel get to the scene.
> Thanks,
> Kelleigh McCutcheon
> Chemistry and Biology Laboratory Technician
> Keyano College
> Fort McMurray, Alberta

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