Fire Safety - Protecting Your Business

Fires can be destructive and deadly. Become familiar with fire safety practices and eliminate fire safety risks in your business...

Fires are a serious risk for businesses of all types. It’s up to you to take the proper precautions to keep yourself and your co-workers safe from fire hazards.

Lower the Risks of Fire

There are some simple things you can do to prevent fires at :

  • Always comply with regulations
  • Obey “No Smoking” signs
  • Dispose of cigarettes and matches in the proper receptacles after ensuring that they are completely extinguished
  • Watch for frayed electrical cables and overloaded circuits
  • Dispose of flammable wastes and scraps by placing them in metal containers.

Combustible Storage

Always store combustible materials in a safe area. Fumes can travel a considerable distance and become ignited by a furnace, stove, electrical equipment or even a lit cigarette. If you need to dispose of flammable liquids, do not pour them down the drain. Educate yourself on the proper method of disposal.

If you have to burn waste paper, make sure it that doesn’t contain explosive materials, such as aerosol or paint.

Inspect Equipment Regularly

Proper maintenance procedures are important to fire safety. If you use electrical equipment or tools, inspect them regularly to make sure they are working correctly. Keep mechanical equipment properly lubricated to avoid excessive friction. Keep spark arrestors on exhaust systems.

Preparing for a Fire

  • Become familiar with the location and operation of fire-fighting equipment.
  • Learn where fire extinguishers are located and what types of fires they are to be used on.
  • Participate in periodic fire drills to practise fire-response procedures.
  • Become familiar with the different types of alarms used in your workplace.
  • Establish an employee meeting place.

When a Fire Breaks Out

  • If the fire alarm rings, always treat it as a true emergency unless you are told in advance that it is a drill. Just because you do not see smoke or flames does not mean that a fire is not present.
  • Always use the stairs instead of the lift.
  • If the room fills with smoke, stay low to the ground and get out as fast – but as safely – as you can.

Every day you’re on the job, take note of potential fire hazards and report them immediately to your supervisor or line manager. Always put safety first!