Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5 Ways Employees Can Prevent Fires At Work

Bison Fire's 5 ways employee's can prevent fires at work

Keeping a business safe from fires is a group effort. It takes collaboration and coordination between management and their staff to create workplaces that are fire-safe, and where team members know not just what to do in the event of a fire, but how to prevent one from happening in the first place.

Below are five easy things your staff can do to keep your workplace safe from fires:

1. Keep Emergency Numbers Visible

It’s easy to panic and freeze when a fire starts, so by posting emergency contact information in places that are easy to find and a safe distance away from flammable items (don’t put them right next to the stove, for example).

Emergency information you should list includes:

  • The local police department
  • The closest hospital with an emergency room
  • The local fire department
  • Poison control

2. Make Sure Electricals Panels Are Clear

Being able to access your building’s electrical panels allows you to turn off the electricity, which can dramatically reduce the damage caused by an accidental fire.

The easiest way to make sure that you can always access the electrical panels is to keep workspaces clean and tidy and to eliminate as much paper waste as possible. Encourage employees to archive old materials, use a shared storage space for old boxes and files, and organize your equipment and desks so panels are always easily accessible.

3. Safely Store Chemicals

If your business uses flammable chemicals then it’s essential that you follow the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and record the flammability of the chemicals you’re working with.

Most flammable substances have specific needs surrounding how and where they’re stored, as well as ventilation requirements, so make sure that any employees handling these materials are educated with how to use, store, and access chemicals safely.

4. Smoke Safely

Designate an area for employees who smoke or vape that’s a safe distance away from the building and any chemical storage areas. It’s essential to have clear signage in these areas and be firm with team members who ignore the rules.

5. Know Your Role

We all have a role to play when it comes to keeping our workplaces safe from fires, so make sure to review the emergency preparedness plan regularly. Understanding where emergency exits are, where fire extinguishers are stored, and where electrical panels are located can help eliminate the confusion and panic of an unexpected fire.

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

Posted by Rob Read at 8:25 AM

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