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A fire is both one of the most common and also the most devastating hazards that a workplace needs to prepare for.

Fires in the turf care industry can happen almost anywhere—out on the turf, in the shop or in any other structure on the property. And because 80,000 workplace fires take place every year in the U.S.—resulting in 200 deaths and 5,000 injuries—you need to know what actions to take to keep you and your coworkers safe.

Even though the basics of fire safety may seem like common sense, we’re going to break down the less-intuitive parts of fire safety and prevention. It only takes one accident to turn a normal workday into a disaster.

Do you know the most common sources of workplace fires? Would you know what to do in case of a fire? Are you familiar with different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them? Your safety is our first priority, and only you can prevent catastrophic accidents before they happen.

Common sources of workplace fires

It’s common in turf care for a piece of equipment to be the source of a workplace fire, especially those that have to do with any type of fuel. Common fuel sources that can lead to fire include fueling stations, portable gas and diesel containers, equipment fuel tanks, cleaning solvents, paint storage, old tires, building materials and paper storage containers.

The best way to prevent an accidental fire is to pay close attention to the proper transport and storage of these materials. Always store flammable materials in a cool, dark area if you can. You should also follow the proper maintenance and cleaning procedure for all equipment.

Dispose of old papers and rags immediately, especially rags with chemical residue. Chemical fires are more dangerous than any other fires and can be more difficult to extinguish.

It’s easy for fires to start in areas with high heat production, especially the shop. Ventilation will help to prevent fires in areas with high heat production. Always take extra care when welding or operating machinery in tight quarters. 

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In case of a fire

Should a fire occur, there are a few safety procedures you need to be aware of. If you see a fire, alert everyone in the vicinity to evacuate. Trigger the fire alarm or shout if you cannot find one.

Know whether to evacuate or to attempt to put out the fire. If the fire looks too large to put out within 10 seconds, it is too large for a fire extinguisher.

If you need to evacuate, use the nearest exit. A fire evacuation route should be known by everyone at your workplace, and every exit should be clearly marked and unlocked at all times.

A fire needs three elements to grow: heat, fuel and oxygen. Cut off any of those elements and the fire will stop. As you are evacuating, close doors behind you, but don’t lock them! This will hopefully stop the fire from spreading while still ensuring everyone can access the evacuation route.

Fire extinguishers

First and foremost, do not attempt to put out a fire if your or other’s safety is at risk or if the fire is too large. That said, everyone should be trained on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Different fire extinguishers only work on specific classifications of fires. Fires are classified using an A, B and C-class rating system. A fire’s rating is based on the fire’s fuel source.

  • Class A fires are made of typical burning materials, like wood, trash and paper.
  • Class B fires are flammable liquid fires; you will need a chemical fire extinguisher to put these out.
  • Class C fires are fires from live electrical equipment.

Not all fire extinguishers work for all types of fires. Knowing which extinguisher to use could save your life. The class of fire and extinguisher can extinguish is listed on every fire extinguisher. It’s your responsibility to read the label and make the best choice for the situation at hand.

To put out a fire by using a fire extinguisher, simply follow the PASS method:

Pull

·         Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher.

Aim

·         Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze

·         Squeeze the handle.

Sweep

·         Sweep side to side at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.

This method is easy to use, easy to remember and effective.

Takeaways

Sources say up to 85% of workplace fires are the result of human error. At the end of the day, your safety is too important to be left up to chance. It’s the choices you make that keep fires from happening. Know what materials can cause fires, how to assess the risk a fire poses and how to extinguish a fire before it grows out of control. The safety of you and your coworkers depends on it.

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Brian has almost 15 years experience of building software platforms and managing development teams . He specialises in the development of data driven technology platforms and machine learning algorithms.

Brian has a degree and a masters in software development and spent many years designing and building real time fraud and AML solutions for financial institutions around the world while working for BAE systems.

Since 2015 Brian has worked with a number of startups helping with development of technical strategy and building and managing software teams. Recently he has been working in sports tech for the golfing industry as VP of Engineering at Game Golf.

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John Clarkin has been working in the golf industry for the last quarter of a century. Following a London City and Guilds Degree in Greenkeeping, John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1994 where he studied Turfgrass Management.

He returned to Ireland where he assumed the role of Director of Golf Operations at Powerscourt Golf Club, Co. Wicklow, which he constructed, grew in and maintained for three years. In 1997, John established Turfgrass.

Turfgrass employs a team including Agronomists, Project Managers and Course Managers. John has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading golf course development and management advisors specialising in Agronomy, Project Management, Golf Course Management, Private and Commercial Putting Greens and Recruitment. Current clients include Wentworth, Adare Manor, Gleneagles, The Solheim Cup and Vidauban.

He has spoken at numerous European and International Golf Federation conferences and has developed an extensive network of industry contacts across the world. Turfgrass have also developed Private Golf Academies for Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington.

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Marcello Farini Former  member of the British and European institute for golf Course architects 1998-2010 ( took a master degree in golf course architetture  in Merrist Wood College england Uk in 1997/1898. He has a Milan University Law degree and  masters therefore In 2010 found his own legal firm in Bergamo Italy and in London Uk , self-employed advocate member at Middle Temple inn of court in London. Worked as barrister And European lawyer in different countries in Europe in commercial and criminal Law. Italian english and french working languages, good knowledge of spanish.

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Agustín Pizá, Architect with a Masters in Golf Course Architecture from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Member of the European Institute and the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

For more than two decades Pizá has collaborated with legends of the game and world class golf developments. His designs are known for delivering quality, aesthetic and strategic golf courses.

Since 2006, Pizá Golf has been recognized with several international accolades and is known for Redefining Golf Facilities with its concepts WellnessGolf and GolfLounge. Involved in more than 60 projects in 3 continents, Agustin is a writer, tv commentator and director of The First Tee program in Mexico. 

At Piza Golf the passion begins when you live the experience.

Josh Williams   VP of Sales / Customer Success

The game of golf has been a passion of Josh’s for his entire life. He attended both Cal Berkeley and UC Davis on golf scholarships. After college he went on to play professionally for over a decade including playing full time on the Nationwide (now KornFerry) tour. Since retiring from professional golf he has worked in Sales and Business Development for a number of companies most of which are in the golf space. Josh has a proven track record of establishing key client relationships and driving new business.

In addition he founded and runs Giving in Motion, a non profit dedicated to providing clean water for children in Ghana. Since it’s inception Giving in Motion has provided 20,000 people clean water for life.

Tripp Cobb   Business Advisor

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Alex Borzo   Customer Support / Project Manager

Copywriting and editing have been my bread and butter for more than a decade, both as a career and a passion. These creative skills come together in my portfolio of print materials, digital marketing and even whole websites—instead of hiring a copywriter, web developer and designer, clients just work with me.
The need for vision in marketing has been enormously rewarding as I’ve stretched my wings in all-things-content. I’ve written and consulted my way across 40 different industries since starting my creative firm, and the ever-present sense for the “bigger picture” has served me well.
My time at Turf Assistant has been well spent with an endless list of opportunities to learn and grow more in this space.

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Al Wilson   Co-Founder / CEO

Al Wilson started out life as a teacher and football coach.  It wasn’t until the mid 80’s that he decided to go into business for himself.  As with many entrepreneurial journeys the destination was somewhere he never expected.

In the early 90’s Al started a pumping systems manufacturing business in the golf market.  Quickly that expanded into distribution into the same market he was manufacturing for.  

Through the success of this company, he co-founded Turf Assistant with his son Ron.  The two love working together daily to solve problems that businesses in the turf space face.  Al is still active in his day to day role with Turf Assistant’s parent company and sits as head on the advisory board of Turf Assistant.