Fire Safety in the Workplace
Fire Prevention Requires Attention
Practice Good Housekeeping – Dispose of waste paper and other combustibles. Place oily rags in proper containers and dispose of regularly. Make sure all walkways and corridors are kept clear to ensure emergency egress is uninhibited. Clutter also contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and may also delay or inhibit access by emergency responders.
Prepare for Emergencies – Make sure you know the procedure for placing an emergency call. If fire is detected in a building pull the fire alarm station to sound the alarm to insure help is on the way.
Evacuate Safely – Leave the area quickly in an emergency. In a building use stairs instead of the elevator and assist co-workers who made need a hand. Do not waist time gathering personal belongings and close your office door behind you to help prevent a fire from spreading.
Power Cords – Use extension cords for temporary wiring only. Secure the cord to the floor properly to prevent a tripping hazard. Check to be sure the amperage of the cord is appropriate for the job you are doing. Never place cords under carpeting.
Electrically Speaking – Maintain clear access to all electrical panels and switchgear in buildings and Sub Stations as material or clutter stored in front of this equipment could slow the shutdown of power in an emergency.
Lighting Up – Smoke only in designated areas and extinguish all smoking materials safely.
Emergency Equipment – Never block fire hydrants, fire department connections, fire extinguishers or emergency exits.
Put it Out – Know the locations of fire extinguishers around your workplace and how to properly use them. All fire extinguishers have labels affixed which clearly provide operating instructions and the types of fires they can extinguish.