Be Safe - Wildland Fire Prevention
Employee safety alert
Wildland Fire Prevention
Every effort should be made to prevent fires from occurring on the mountain. These efforts should include:
- -Complying with the Hot Work Permit Program
- -Using caution when operating heavy equipment or chainsaws around heavy fuel areas.
- -No parking cars in areas with tall grass.
- -No smoking on mountain, by anyone.
- -Any response to a fire should be in a safe and controlled manner to ensure your safety and the safety of your co-workers.
- -DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF IN HARM’S WAY – CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS / SITUATIONS CAREFULLY.
Fire Prevention Basics
Hot Work Program:
- -Written procedures are in place to prevent fires resulting from temporary operations that involve an open flame or those that produce heat, sparks or hot slag.
- -These include, but are not limited to: brazing, grinding soldering, torch applied roofing and welding.
- -The program requires the issuance of a Hot Work Permit before beginning any hot work.
- -Hot work in non-designated areas is not permitted on “Red Flag Warning” days.
- -When performing hot work ensure to designate a “fire watch” and that proper firefighting equipment is readily available:
o Fire Extinguisher
o Water pump bag or canister
Equipment Operations: make sure to use equipment responsibly. Lawn mowers, weed trimmers, chainsaws, grinder, welders, tractors and trimmers can all spark a Wildland fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep our resort safe.
Here’s how to do it the RIGHT way:
- -Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 a.m., not in the heat of the day or when the wind is blowing.
- -Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns. Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
- -Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
- -Remove rocks in the area before you begin operating any equipment. A rock hidden in grass or weeds is enough to start a fire when stuck by a metal blade.
- -Keep all exhaust systems and mowers in proper working order and free of carbon buildup. Use the recommended grade of fuel and don’t top off.
o Make sure your vehicle is equipped at all times with a fire extinguisher, full water pump bag or canister and shovel.
- -Try to quit.
- -NO SMOKING ON MOUNTAIN. Smoking in resort village only in designated areas.
- -When the situation warrants, please explain our high fire danger to our guests and discourage them from smoking on mountain.
Responding to a Fire: Fires spread very quickly. In a split second, they can do an extensive amount of damage – and people can get seriously hurt or killed. That’s why it’s important to act quickly:
- -Call Dispatch (435) 615-1911) immediately and provide the exact location and size of fire before taking any action. Early notification is critical. Report problems as soon as you are made aware of them.
- -Get other people to safety before trying to put out a fire.
- -Judge the size of the fire. Only fight a fire if it is small and is confined to the immediate area.
- -Look for an escape route. Do not fight a fire unless you are certain you can safely get out of the area.
- -Be sure the fire extinguisher you have on hand is the right kind for the type of fire.
- -Only fight a fire if you are comfortable doing so. Don’t panic and don’t try to be a hero.