Workplace fires claim about 150 lives a year. We can take action to prevent fires in our facility by adhering to a few basic safety rules, which we’ll review today.
1. Three separate elements are necessary for a fire to develop. What are they?
- The three elements necessary to form a fire include:
1. Fuel, which could be anything from a bag of trash to a flammable liquid
2. Oxygen — in other words, the air we breathe
3. Heat or an ignition source — examples would include an electrical short, an open flame or even a hot exhaust pipe
- These three elements together form what is known as the “fire triangle.”
- Removing just one of the elements would eliminate the possibility of a fire developing
2. What actions can we take to prevent fires from developing in our facility?
- Keep work areas clean and organized.
- Don’t allow trash to accumulate.
- Ensure that all plugs and cords are in good condition before using electrical equipment.
- Don’t overload outlets.
- Don’t use equipment that smokes or sparks.
- Store chemicals properly.
- Keep flammable and combustible materials away from ignition sources.
- Obey smoking rules.
- Keep machines and equipment free of grease and dust.
- Check chemical containers for leaks.
- Report fire hazards immediately.
3. What are some important things to know in case a fire should occur in our workplace?
- Your exit route in the event of an evacuation
- The pathway to at least two exits from every room in our facility
- The sound or signal used to indicate a fire
- The person to contact in the event of a fire emergency
- Where to go once you are outside of the building
A Few Final Words
Fire safety is something to keep in mind both on and off the job. Before we conclude, I want to share some important reminders about fire safety in the home, specifically, smoke alarms:
- Smoke alarms should be installed both inside and outside every bedroom, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding where to position alarms.
- Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
The batteries in a smoke alarm should be changed once a year, unless you have reason to believe that they are no longer working