National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 – 15
A fire can be a catastrophic event, leading to destruction of property, injury, or even death. To ensure that your staff and employees are protected in the event of a fire, it is essential that every business have a fire safety plan in place. This fire safety plan should include a detailed evacuation plan that all employees are made aware of so they can exit the building quickly in the event of a fire.
General Fire-Safety Tips:
- Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
- Place oily rags in a covered metal container. This must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
- Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
- Report electrical hazards; many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
- Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
- 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.
- Help maintain building security to prevent arson fires. Lock up as instructed; report suspicious persons; and don’t leave combustible rubbish where it can be set afire outside the building.
- Only smoke in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
- Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials.
- Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address by all the phones for quick access.
- Make sure all employees know how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
For more information on National Fire Prevention Week, visit www.nfpa.org
Original article source: Fire Prevention Tips for Workers