Fire takes lives and destroys businesses so we all know how devastating it can be. A fire at your place of business is a double whammy. Take steps to prevent fires.
Let's dive into our moment in safety on tips for fire safety in the workplace.
Tips for Fire Safety and Prevention in the Workplace
Workplace fire safety involves a series of practices that reduce a business’s risk of fire while also keeping employees safer. Workplace fires often result in costly repairs and losses that combine to create terrible setbacks for businesses. In fact, fire is reported as one of the most common and costly business insurance claims.
Here are some easy ways to reduce your business’s risk of fire.
1. Create an evacuation plan
Every business should have an evacuation plan to make it safer and efficient for employees to leave the building during a fire. In fact, OSHA guidelines state that a business must have an emergency evacuation plan (EAP) if they anticipate anyone evacuating their workplace premises during a fire..
- Post a fire evacuation plan in several locations around the workplace.
- Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs.
- Develop a detailed evacuation for those employees needing additional assistance in an emergency while considering employees with any disabilities.
- Make sure your EAP complies with OSHA requirements and industry best practices.
2. Keep fire safety equipment in house
Keeping all fire safety equipment in house, while following routine inspections is crucial to prepare for a fire in case of an accident.
- Keep up with routine maintenance by setting a calendar reminder or designate a time of year to schedule both formal inspections and independent upkeep.
- Inspect fire safety equipment regularly, this includes smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and sprinklers. Faulty equipment should be replaced right away.
- Store equipment in an easily accessible area that’s free from clutter.
- Standard fire safety practices call for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor. Employees should be aware of the location of fire extinguishers on each floor.
- Equip your employees with an emergency kit stocked with items like bottled water, a flashlight, and an escape mask to fight against smoke inhalation.
3- Train and educate your staff
Human error is a common cause of fire in the workplace. Mishandling chemicals, improperly storing combustible materials and kitchen mishaps are just a few of the many situations that could spark a fire.
- Employees should receive fire safety training to learn how to minimize the risk of a fire.
- Teach your employees the importance of following safety procedures and keep them engaged.
- Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately.
- Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol.
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