Fire Prevention in the Workplace

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Fires can start unexpectedly and spread quickly, often leaving mass destruction in their path. Therefore, it is important to have a safety plan in place in case of a fire and implement preventative measures that can help minimize the risk of a fire and/or its impact. It may surprise you to learn that most workplace fires are entirely preventable. So, today, we want to highlight some tips to help prevent fires in your workplace. 

Conduct regular inspections 

It is imperative to ensure your workplace is a safe environment for everyone. Conduct inspections regularly to identify potential hazards or dangers. This includes thoroughly investigating electrical systems, machinery, heating systems, and any other items that might be a potential fire risk.  

Failure to keep an eye on these critical parts of your workplace or office can be detrimental to others and can be a costly mistake. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fires/explosions kill 200 and injure over 5,000 people in the workplace each year and can cost over $2.3 billion in property damage. 

Properly store hazardous materials 

Depending on your workplace, you may have access to more dangerous substances. Properly store any type of flammable material. Highly flammable items such as chemicals, fuels, and cleaning agents, should be kept in designated areas, which are a safe distance from potential ignition sources. Remember to keep these areas well-ventilated and adhere to proper safety measures and procedures. 

Invest in safety training 

Provide the resources and opportunities to ensure all employees are well-trained in fire safety. Include information on how to use a fire extinguisher, proper evacuation measures, and the knowledge of how to respond if there is an emergency in the workplace. Communicate expectations and procedures clearly, be concise, and informative.  

Allow for employees to ask questions, voice concerns, and offer suggestions if they see or encounter something that could impact fire safety. 

Have an emergency plan in place 

Does your business or workplace have a comprehensive and effective emergency plan? Do your workers and employes know exactly what to do in case of an emergency? If you don’t, it is vital to develop and regularly review your emergency evacuation and safety plan. Prioritize planning and executing frequent drills to practice the procedures in place to keep everyone safe. 

Check fire extinguishers 

Regularly inspect fire extinguishers to ensure they are in good working order. Check the gauges, test them, and ensure they are accessible to employees. Remember to properly train workers on how to use these important tools and educate people on where they are located. 

Additionally, keep these in mind in the workplace: 

  • Kitchen safety: if you have access to a kitchen or cooking area in your office, train and educate employees on safety practices. 
  • Electrical safety: don’t overload electrical outlets and ensure electrical equipment is working properly. 
  • Proper waste disposal: ensure items are disposed of and stored appropriately, including hazardous materials. 

If you have questions about fire safety measure in your business or organizations, DF Safety would love to chat with you further. We also offer an online course, Fire Prevention, where you can learn more about how fires happen, dangers to watch out for and what to do in the event of a fire.