Whether at home or the workplace, it is essential to know about fire safety, how to prevent fires, and how to react in the event of a fire. The key is preparedness. In the workplace, everyone has the responsibility of keeping an environment that is safe from fire.
No matter the size, nature, and activity of your workplace, several essential fire safety guidelines need to be taken by every office team member.
Fire Safety Tips
- Keep the workplace tidy and maintain good housekeeping
- Regularly remove all combustible waste, including dust
- Keeping ignition sources from flammable liquids, gases, and combustible materials
- Keep the use of flammable liquids to a bare minimum
Staff training — Train your workers on evacuation procedures and if you expect them to use firefighting equipment, train them on how to safely use such equipment. Employees should be trained by a professional fire prevention service provider about workplace fire hazards and what action to take in case of a fire emergency.
Smoke detectors — Invest in dual sensor smoke alarms for every office or room. Ensure they contain both photoelectric and ionization smoke sensors for maximum effect. Fire Extinguishers in the workplace must be current and recently inspected. Employees must be trained on how smoke detectors work.
Smoking — All workers must be aware of the hazards associated with smoking inside the building.
- Have designated smoking zones within the compound and encourage those who must smoke to do it outside.
- Emphasize the importance of properly extinguishing the cigarette, even in smoking designated areas.
- Never throw away hot cigarette butts carelessly without properly attending to them.
- Have sand-filled cans in place or recommend they drown cigarette butts in water.
Fire exits — The workplace must have clearly labeled fire exits located strategically to enable everyone to leave the building quickly and safely.
Considerations should be given to:
- Type of structure in terms of height and construction
- Type of industry
- Number of persons exposed
- Fire protection currently in place
Remember that depending on the fire’s size and intensity, the elevators may need to be switched off for they could shut mid-transit because of electrical damage.
Practice fire drills — Fire safety training should be conducted early & often. The goal should be to ensure that everybody adheres to all the company’s fire safety protocols. Our fire safety training will help answer questions such as:
- Can your workers feel confident they can make their way out of the building in the dark or with their eyes closed safely?
- Are they conversant with all the emergency exits?
Fire evacuation — In case of a fire, alert everybody within the workplace by quickly activating the fire alarm or other procedures as stipulated by your company. Everybody must stay calm when the fire alarm is sounded and evacuate the building immediately.
The employees should go to the designated assembly point, and the team leader should then alert relevant supervisors that everybody is safe and have evacuated safely.
A workplace fire safety assessment should be done regularly or when the current workplace changes. All fire extinguishers in the building should be inspected regularly.