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.

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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

  1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
  2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
  3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
  4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.
  5. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
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    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.
  7. 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.
  8. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency. 
  9. 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.
  10. 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

 

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