TIPS FOR PREVENTING FIRES IN THE WORKPLACE
- Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
- Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
- Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.
- Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electricity could be shut off easily.
- Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
- Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors annually.
- Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide ventilation when using and storing these substances.
- Reduce the use of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.
- Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.
- Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.
- Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted.
Make sure to always take measures to PREVENT before it happens. Fires can occur in the workplace at any given time, and if they do, make sure you A-C-T.
A – ASSESS THE SITUATION
C – CHOOSE YOUR RESPONSE
T – TAKE ACTION