Wednesday, May 24, 2017

10 Tips Employees Can Follow to Prevent Fires at Work

Bison's 10 Tips to help Employee's Fight Fires

Fire safety is an incredibly important topic, especially within the workplace. An emergency fire situation that is not handled correctly can lead to the loss of inventory, workspace, and even jobs. Maintaining a constant discussion on fire prevention helps to ensure the safety of your employees and their place of work. Here are ten tips to share with your employees, to keep them safe from fires all year round.

Keep emergency numbers close.

No matter the industry you work in, ensure that you have emergency numbers posted in your workstation. These emergency numbers are not only related to fires but are important when faced with any emergency situation:

  • Your local police department.
  • The closest hospital or emergency medical provider.
  • The local fire department.
  • Poison Control.
  • Your personal physician.

2. Ensure that electrical panels are accessible.

Keep your workspace clean and organized. In the case of an emergency situation, you should be able to easily access all electrical panels so that power can easily be shut off during a fire. By having an organized working area, you can rest assured that you’ll be prepared for a fire-related emergency, were one to arise.

3. Store chemicals safely.

If you work in a space where chemicals are stored or used often, make sure that they are properly cared for. Carefully review the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to take note of a chemicals flammability and other fire hazards. Most of these substances will require adequate ventilation, so make sure that they are stored in an area with good air circulation.

Take all necessary precautions when storing and handling flammable chemicals. Chemicals that contain flammable liquid vapours or fine particles only need a spark to ignite, so make sure that you’re using non-sparking tools. Keep a close eye on the amount of static electricity within your workplace, as well.

4. Smoke only where it’s safe.

If you do decide to smoke at work, ensure that you’re doing so in a designated area. Smoking near chemicals or other flammable materials is extremely dangerous and puts you and your fellow employees at risk.

A workplace should have clear signage showing what is and what is not a safe smoking area. If you do not notice any, speak with a superior and voice your concerns.

5. Know how to use a fire extinguisher.

There is no way to be certain that someone else will be able to effectively access and use a fire extinguisher when needed, so learn how to use one. The PASS (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep) method is easy to remember in case of an emergency situation.

6. Keep your workspace clean.

Declutter regularly, and try to make sure that your workspace is constantly clean and organized. Clutter and floating papers are fuel for a fire, and might prevent access to necessary exits and emergency equipment.

In addition, never block any areas that are crucial to emergency preparedness. Keep your emergency preparedness plan easily accessible. Never block fire extinguishers, sprinklers, or emergency exits.

7. Perform regular maintenance.

Whether you’re employed in an industrial space or a simple office, you should be conducting regular maintenance on your machinery. Electronic appliances are known to overheat, so ensuring that they’re in good working order can help you prevent a fire.

8. Keep your building safe.

By creating a safe building, you’re helping to prevent arson fires. When you leave your workplace, lock up properly. Report any unusual people or circumstances immediately, and make sure that your space is clean when you leave.

9. Know your role in fire prevention.

Many organizations are required to have an emergency preparedness plan. Review this plan regularly, so that you know exactly how to handle a fire-related emergency safely, should one occur at work.

Familiarize yourself with the different types of fires that could happen within your workplace, and actively participate in fire drills. By reviewing the fire prevention information available to you, you’ll have the know-how when a fire related emergency does occur.

10. Report any electrical or gas related issues.

If you suspect a problem with your electrical or gas systems, immediately report them to the appropriate individuals. These problems can turn dangerous quickly, and early detection can prevent an unforeseen electrical fire or flammable gas leak.

A fire in the workplace is scary and can have critical outcomes regarding your safety and job. Consistently educate yourself, and take care throughout your day to complete your job safely with fire prevention in mind.

For all of your fire safety needs in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, and Regina, you can depend on Bison Fire Protection. Contact us for your fire protection solutions and services today.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How Is Your Companies Fire Protection?

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No matter the type of business that you run, a fire can be a catastrophic event in any building. Whether the fire is contained in a small area, or the fire that destroys thousands, or millions, of dollars worth of inventory, these occurrences are devastating for business owners and employees.

Within your facility or place of business, protect your belongings, and more importantly, your employees, from the risk of a fire related emergency. The following four questions will help you to assess your existing emergency preparedness plans and equipment, and motivate you to take the appropriate steps to ensure that your business is protected all year long.

1. Have your fire hazards and risks been professionally assessed?

Although you may not think that your business is at risk of a large fire, that does not mean a fire-related emergency will not occur. No matter your businesses industry or size, having your fire hazards and risks professionally assessed should be completed to best protect your facility and your employees.

Clearly understanding the specific fire risks of your business is critical. A professional assessment will let you know exactly what your fire hazards are, and provide information regarding the safe storage and use of these items.

2. Does your business have the right fire protection equipment installed?

Most businesses with employees in a commercial or residential building require the installation of some sort of fire protection equipment. Whether that means a fire extinguisher, or a full-fledged fire suppression system, your business must be compliant with local codes. Contact a professional fire and safety protection provider to find out the codes in your area.

If you’re business regularly deals with large machinery or flammable substances, you may require the installation of a fire suppression system specifically tailored to the fire emergency needs of your business.

3. Are regularly scheduled equipment inspections performed?

Many pieces of fire protection equipment have expiration dates or require regular maintenance to keep the entire fire system in working order. Sprinkler systems, suppression systems, and fire extinguishers should be inspected annually, or more, depending on the size and age of the existing system. A trained staff member can perform some of these inspections and tests, but for larger systems or businesses, a professional should be called in for annual in-depth inspections.

4. Does your business have an emergency plan in place?

Do you and your employees know what to do in case of a workplace emergency? If not, it’s time to develop and implement an emergency plan. Emergency planning requires the cooperation of all staff members. Assemble a team of reliable members, each of whom will have a specific role to play in case of an emergency. Have a clear exit plan, a list of emergency numbers, and specifically listed steps of what to do if a fire or other emergency is found.

Bison Fire Protection offers professional fire equipment inspections, installations, and fire protection needs for any sized business. Call us today at 866-441-3743 to learn how our services can help keep your business and employees safe when an emergency occurs.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How to Encourage Your Employees and Managers to Take Fire Safety Seriously

Bison Fire - How to Encourage Your Employees and Managers to Take Fire Safety Seriously

How to Encourage Your Employees and Managers to Take Fire Safety Seriously

Although fires are a common emergency faced around the world, a large percentage of the population have not had to direct experiences with fire related emergencies. Without any experience regarding a fire at work or home, individuals may not be aware of the seriousness of fires or may assume that someone else will be able to deal with a fire emergency when it arises.

There is no one simple answer to how managers can get their staff members involved in your fire safety program. However, there certain steps and tips that can be taken at work to find the best route of action to get employees to take workplace fire safety seriously.

Actively Seek Employee Involvement

Don’t wait for your employees to suggest creating a fire safety group, but rather, go out and directly ask them. Communicate regularly with your employees, and listen to their propositions and fire safety questions.

Begin by asking how your employees want their fire safety system to work, and work together to develop results. By seeking out employees who do hold a genuine interest in fire safety in the workplace, you’ll create a team well-versed in fire safety knowledge to pass onto the rest of your staff.

Consistency Is Key

The more that individuals are involved in fire safety discussions, the more likely that the information will stay in their brain. Constantly work to improve your fire safety program, and use opportunities such as meetings to cultivate these fire safety discussions organically. 

Try starting your meetings with a quick safety talk, asking employees to discuss a step they’ve taken to improve safety in the workplace or review the locations of fire extinguishers and escapes. Integrate these discussions into the everyday work environment, and employees will realize just how crucial their knowledge of fire safety is to their livelihood.

Keep it Simple

Simplicity is key when it comes to establishing and keeping interest high in a fire safety plan. The fire safety plan should be useful, practical, and provide benefits for all employees. When discussing the plan, have a clear understanding of what it entails, so that you can communicate its most important aspects in a concise manner. Employees will appreciate and pay attention to a relevant and simple plan, rather than a complicated and confusing one.

Appreciate Staff Efforts

Your employees will work towards positive consequences, such as appreciative comments and addressing their concerns. By treating your safety team and dedicated employees with trust, honesty, and respect, their far more likely to continue taking your organization's fire safety seriously.

Perhaps you can give out paper slips thanking individuals for their fire safety efforts, or bring in the occasional treat to celebrate consistent safety practices. Listen to your employees, and let them know just how much their efforts are appreciated.

Bison Fire Protection has the expertise and knowledge to deliver exceptional results and high-quality solutions for all of your fire protection needs. Call 866-441-3473 today for more information on how our services can keep you and your workplace safe.

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