Workplace fires can be devastating, resulting in costly damages and repairs to commercial properties while also impacting the health and safety of customers and employees. However, practicing fire safety in the workplace reduces the risk of workplace fires keeping employees and customers safe. Listed below are four helpful tips for practicing fire safety in the workplace.
Reducing Workplace Fire Hazards
Reducing fire hazards is one of the most effective ways to ensure fire safety in the workplace. Properly using, storing, and disposing of products, materials, and equipment high risk for fire hazards helps maintain a safe and hazard-free work environment. It’s also helpful when employees are aware of what fire hazards to look for so that they can be reported or fixed, especially in fire-prone areas such as break rooms, storage rooms, and server rooms.
Here are some examples of what employees can do to prevent or reduce fire hazards in the workplace:
- Reporting electrical hazards such as faulty wiring
- Not overloading outlets and circuits
- Not using damaged outlets or cords
- Not smoking in the workplace
- Properly using, storing, and disposing of flammable
- Not leaving workplaces appliances such as ovens and stoves unattended while they’re operating
Keep Emergency Exits Marked and Cleared
You never know when a workplace fire will occur, so it’s important to keep designated emergency exits labeled and accessible at all times. It’s also important that employees and customers know where they can find emergency exits within commercial properties, whether through diagrams or fire safety training.
Maintaining Fire Safety Systems and Fire Extinguishers
Most commercial properties have fire safety systems installed, including smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire sprinklers, and fire extinguishers to combat workplace fires. Workplace fires can occur at any time, so it’s essential that commercial properties schedule routine inspections, testing, and maintenance to ensure that workplace fire safety systems and extinguishers function properly and are up to date.
Teaching Fire Safety Guidelines and Procedures
Workplace fires are often caused by human error, which is why every workplace should have designated safety guidelines and procedures for employees to follow in the event of a fire or emergency. This information is usually covered in workplace fire safety training. In fire safety training, you’re taught about evacuation plans, fire hazards, fire prevention, how to respond to a fire and use a fire extinguisher, and other topics. Educating employees of fire safety guidelines is key in keeping them prepared, safe, and calm during a fire emergency.
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