04 Oct Fire prevention tips for the workplace
Fire can create huge destruction in almost any workplace. A small fire can be the cause of minor injuries or none at all and a major blaze could result in serious injuries and even fatalities. While it’s impossible to completely get rid of fire hazards in your worksite, that’s not to say that you can’t utilize proper fire prevention methods. No matter the type of business you run, fire safety should always be a main concern. Here are a few fire prevention tips for the workplace.
- Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash, and other items that could easily catch fire. Regularly dispose of combustible debris and scrap from your work area.
- Check any and all electrical cords or extension cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
- Don’t overload your circuits and turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day. Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
- Never store flammable materials within 10 feet of a building or other structure. If applicable, use only approved containers and tanks for storage, handling, and transport of combustible and flammable liquid.
- Place an adequate number of fire extinquishers in plain view in your work areas. When appropriate, label the location of each one and make sure it is properly rated.
- Provide employees with proper training in fire prevention and protection. If possible, prohibit smoking at or around work areas where fire hazards are present.
The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about fire safety in the workplace today. If you need assistance in purchasing, installing, inspecting, or perfecting the security needs for your home or office, call the Horizon Alarms team at 800-467-1832 or send us a message and we’ll reach out to discuss all of your alarm needs.