To help save human life and property, the University of Nairobi, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences organized a seminar on Fire Safety. The event took place today, March 17, 2023 at Lower Kabete Campus.

Speaking during the event, Mr. Hillary Kigen, from Jolemac Fire Protection Limited observed that fire is a combination of fuel , heat and oxygen that produces combustion  and eliminating oxygen is the only way to extinguish fire and the principle behind which all fire extinguishers work.


He explained that fire can be caused by overloading electrical appliances, smoking, gas leakage, candle lights, children playing with matchboxes and oil spillage among other causes.

Classes of fire that were discussed are class A to F; being fire from products of tree or timber, wood, furniture, cartons. They are best extinguished using water extinguisher.  Class B fires are caused by flammable liquids like paraffin, petrol, diesel, spirits, thinner. They are best extinguished using dry powder extinguisher.  Class C fires are caused by gasses like methane, LPG and generally gas leakage. They are best put out using dry powder. Class D fires are metal fires and best put out using dry powder extinguishers. Class E fires are electrical fires caused by electrical appliances. You are advised to use CO2 to put them out. Lastly, Class F fires are fires from the kitchen. They are best put out using CO2.

Some of the firefighting equipment that the University Staff and Students need to know of include suppression systems, fire sprinklers, fire horse reel, fire engines, fire balls and fire drones.

To prevent fire from destroying property and human lives Mr. Kigen said that smoke alarms should be put in place and evacuation procedures followed.  Staff were super excited during practical demonstrations on how to put out fire using four types of fire extinguishers. It was exhilarating to watch the petrol fire getting bigger and bigger when water extinguisher was used to put out the fire.