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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

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