An intense fire prevention program is essential to ensuring a safe work environment. The month of October is dedicated to fire safety, so now is an excellent opportunity to assess your current fire safety program. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of the top workplace fire safety measures.
Preventing fires in the workplace begins with being able to identify and eliminate probable sources of ignition. You and your team can work together to make your workplace safe if you and your team know what to look out for. Workers must disclose any electrical hazards they see in the workplace as soon as possible. Any electrical danger you notice should be reported. It is dangerous to have faulty wiring in a home.
Don’t put too much strain on the power outlets or circuits—plugin only what you need and only in outlets that aren’t overburdened with other devices. Overloading a circuit with too many devices might result in fire danger. Damaged electrical outlets and cords should not be used. Immediately discard any faulty electrical outlets or cords you find. Exposed cables and frayed connections represent a severe safety risk.
Ensure that combustible products are stored safely. Certain chemicals should not be kept together since they might spontaneously ignite if not. If your business deals with flammable materials, you may require a flammable cabinet to keep them safe.
Use caution while handling combustibles near electrical appliances. Stacks of garbage and recyclables can ignite, posing a severe fire risk. The best approach to avoid a fire is to keep trash, recycling, and other flammable materials away from electrical equipment.
Fire-prone zones may be found in many businesses. Areas prone to the fire include:
- An employee’s kitchen or break room is usually equipped with a toaster, coffee maker, or microwave.
- Server rooms and other large electrical storage areas.
- Facilities with hazardous or flammable materials, such as laboratories, are classified.
Electrical devices and appliances must be unplugged while not in use to prevent electrocution in certain areas. Keeping flammable objects out of direct sunlight and other combustible materials is essential.
Clearing the path for emergency exits is necessary. Having schematics of emergency exits and well-lit emergency exit signage is also critical. Maintain these items and fix any faults that might harm your visibility right away
Ensure your fire detection and suppression equipment and extinguishers are in good working order at your workplace
A fire detection and suppression system in your workplace is your most significant line of defense against any workplace fire. Fire suppression systems should be tested and maintained regularly, depending on the system installed in your structure.
Ensure you have the right kind and amount of fire extinguishers on hand for the dangers in your workplace. It’s also crucial to have portable fire extinguishers on hand. Do the following to be effective with fire extinguishers:
- Ensure that the batteries are well charged and not obstructed or regularly concealed from view.
- Educate and certify certain employees.
- Your organization will have the hardware and training it needs to deal with a possible incident if the equipment is available and maintained.
Fire safety procedures and evacuation plans should be customized for each company. Regular, up-to-date fire safety training for your workplace’s unique fire threats should be provided for all personnel. Educate and execute your workplace evacuation plan following OSHA’s criteria by spending time educating your personnel on fire safety guidelines. In the event of a fire, the following steps should be taken:
- Your workplace fire evacuation strategy should have duties assigned and designated.
- Evacuation exercises should be scheduled regularly according to your industry and local regulations.
- Establish a check-in location for employees.
These workplace fire safety measures may be implemented through education, observation, and inspection to minimize the fire risk.