Workplace fires can be devastating for any business, no matter its size, status, or place. Many businesses will not completely recover from a flame, so prevention is a complete requirement. Whether you’re at home, a public place, school, or work, it’s important to learn how to prevent fires and react in a fire emergency. But at the office, everyone in the building is to blame for keeping the environment safe. So, here are some crucial workplace fire safety tips for prevention and response to for the workplace:
Fire Prevention Tips
- Workspace Clutter — keep your workspace organized and free of clutter as clutter provides fuel for the fire and might restrict access to escape routes and emergency exits.
- Equipment — Keep equipment that produces heat from combustible objects; store flammable substances and chemicals safely, at a safe distance from heat sources.
- Electrical Safety — Nearly 40% of workplace fires are brought on by electrical failures. Check electrical cords occasionally; have ruined wires replaced or serviced.
- Power Outlets — Be sure that power outlets aren’t overloaded with too many strings; plugs should fit the outlet (i.e., insert two-prong plugs only into three-slot outlets).
- Emergency Exits — Learn the escape routes and exits in the building. All emergency routes and exits must be unobstructed.
- Fire and Smoke Alarms — Management should ensure that smoke detectors and fire alarms are inspected and tested frequently.
- Fire Extinguishers have to be present on their inspections. Train employees on how to use fire extinguisher.
- Smoking — There ought to be designated areas for smoking outside the building. All employees should be conscious of the hazards of smoking within the building.
- Fire Drills — Regular fire drills should be done in the workplace and there should be an evacuation procedure in place.
Fire Response Tips
- If a fire breaks out from the building, sound the alarm to alert other employees.
- Call 911 immediately and don’t hang up until the emergency responder tells you to.
- If the fire is small, you may try to extinguish it using a fire extinguisher. But if the fire cannot be controlled by a fire extinguisher, evacuate immediately.
- Follow the escape paths and go to the muster point beyond the building.
- Close to the doors supporting you when exiting the building to help prevent the fire from spreading.
- Never use an elevator. Depending on the size of the fire, elevators may shut mid-transit due to electrical damage.
- Learn basic first aid skills. After the evacuation, help any workers who may have been injured either by the fires or smoke inhalation.
- As soon as you’re out, stay away. Never go back inside a smoke-filled or burning building.
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Preparedness is vital to preventing fires at the office. So, always follow the advice above and you’ll be able to save yourself and your colleagues from injuries and death, and also the property from harm. And, for professional fire damage repair or smoke remediation solutions, contact your local PuroClean office.