National Fire Prevention Week – October 7-13, 2012
It’s National Fire Prevention Week and in educating employers and their employees, Sheakley’s Safety team would like to provide you with important knowledge that can help you if a fire were to start in your workplace.
In order to control fires we must understand how they work. Fire needs three elements to exist…fuel, oxygen and heat. This is often referred to as the “fire triangle.” If one side of the triangle is removed, the fire will go out.
Management is responsible for the safety of their employees. All employees should be trained on fire hazards in the workplace and what to do during a fire emergency. Start by developing a fire prevention plan and ensure that all your employees understand their responsibilities. Then conduct frequent fire drills and perform monthly inspections on portable fire extinguishers. Every workplace must have enough exits located throughout the facility to enable everyone to leave quickly.
Here are some more tips to help ensure the safety of your employees in the event of a fire in the workplace:
- Keep office, warehouse and jobsite area clean and litter free.
- Handle flammable liquids with caution.
- Smoking should be limited to designated areas far from combustible materials.
- Keep exits free of obstructions.
- Store hazardous materials in designated areas.
- Follow the posted evacuation plans during an emergency.
- Make sure all wiring and connections are good.
- Identify possible fire hazards per position.
Sheakley Health & Safety Services can assist you with the development of your emergency preparedness and fire evacuation plans.