Yuma, Arizona - This morning just after 8:30 am Yuma Fire Department personnel were sent to ImmaculateConceptionSchool,501 South Avenue B, regarding students exposed to a fire extinguisher discharge. Arriving YFD paramedics learned that 15 students had been in a passenger van when the extinguisher discharged and were experiencing eye, nose, and throat irritation.
The student’s ages ran from approximately seven to ten years of age. Parents were contacted and 11 students were transported toYumaRegionalMedicalCenteras a precaution. Four other students were evaluated but not transported. There were no serious reactions noted.
The dry chemical extinguisher was mounted in a transport van privately contracted by the student’s parents. The driver got the students out of the van soon after the extinguisher discharged. The chemical is non-toxic but in an enclosed space can cause irritations. It was not determined what caused the extinguisher to discharge.