Aside from our homes, the place where we tend to spend the most time is at work. And so, when it comes to taking certain safety precautions, it makes sense that we would be just as concerned about making sure that we do all that we can to feel protected and secure there as we would at our houses.
If you would like to know about some of the workplace fire prevention and safety tips that you can share with your co-workers, we have a list of five of them below:
Manage the clutter. A small fire can turn into a really big one if it happens to be close to a lot of papers, magazines or cardboard boxes. So make sure that each day, you clean up your office space. Clutter is not only unsightly but it’s a potential fire hazard too.
Don’t smoke. Although finding a building that you can legally smoke in is becoming more and more difficult to locate, if you have leased an office space that allows you and your employees to do so, for the sake of everyone’s health and also to prevent a potential fire from transpiring, we still strongly recommend that you do it outdoors.
Train your employees. Most of us remember being in elementary school and having a firefighter come to see us to teach us how to “stop, drop and roll” if ever there was a fire inside of the building. Now that we’re adults, it’s still important to give your employees good fire prevention training. This would include showing them the designated emergency exits, how to deal with a fire if they see one, making sure everyone knows where the number to the local police and fire stations are and sharing information on the kinds of liquids and chemicals that are considered to be highly flammable.
Maintain your equipment. Anything that uses electricity comes with the potential of having electrical sparks that in the wrong setting, could ultimately lead to a fire. The good news is that you can reduce the chances of this happening by having your HVAC unit, appliances and electronic equipment checked out by a licensed technician once a year. That way, they can check to see if you have any wiring problems or other electrical issues way before they become a serious issue.
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. If you were to ask the Occupation Safety Training Systems for a workplace fire safety tip, something that they would probably tell you is that you and the people you work with should learn how to use a fire extinguisher. That’s because although most commercial properties have them on site, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone knows how to take it out of its case or activate it. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to do. Simply release the lever on the case that it’s in, pull the pin, aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire, slowly squeeze the extinguisher’s lever and then move the extinguisher from side to side until the fire is completely out. Just keep in mind that there are different extinguishers for different kinds of fires. To review a list, visit USA.FEMA.gov and put “fire extinguishers” in the search field.