If you have never experienced a fire emergency in person, it's easy to ignore or become complacent about fire hazards. But fires can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere - in your home, yard, workplace, vehicle and public places. This holiday season, take safety precautions and be aware of fire hazards around you.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency:
- In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
- Unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
- Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries and is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
10 tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace
- Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
- Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
- Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
- Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.
- Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.
- Chemical Safety – 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.
- Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.
- Prevent Ignition – 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.
- Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.
If a fire does break out in your workplace: Don't panic, A-C-T!
A – ASSESS THE SITUATION
C – CHOOSE YOUR RESPONSE
T – TAKE ACTION
Source: Workplace Safety News