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.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:57 AM

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