Fire Prevention in the Workplace

    Exiting (A Means of Life Safety)
    • Assure exits are never blocked or locked.
    • Never place flammable liquids, solids, or gases near exits.
    • Assure all exit lighting is working and that all exit signs are in order.
    • Keep exiting aisles and corridors clear of combustibles. A clear, unobstructed path is needed for exiting.
    • Never use 3-hour fusible links in doorways as this is an aid to the travel of smoke.
    Rubbish and Trash (Aids in Fire Fuel Loading and Spread)
    • Place rubbish and trash in proper containers.
    • Do not allow any combustible material to be placed near any heat source such as heaters, ovens, stoves or similar heat producing appliances.
    • Make sure trash cans are emptied daily.
    Smoking (A Leading Cause of Fires)
    • When emptying ashtrays, be assured that all the ashes and butts are extinguished thoroughly.
    • Make sure there is an adequate number of ashtrays placed in smoking areas.
    The Main Causes of Electrical Fires
    • Misuse of extension cords (not to be run over 6 feet).
    • Faulty outlets and plugs.
    • Bad appliances.
    • Octopus connections (overloads).
    • Improper electrical connections.
    Fire Protection Equipment
    • Be sure all employees know the location of fire extinguishers.
    • Make sure there are no obstructions blocking access to any fire protection equipment.
    • Make sure all employees know how to use an extinguisher.
    • Be sure all extinguishers are fully charged and have been inspected.
    Flammable Liquids
    • 2009 IFC storage of Class I, II, or III liquids is prohibited unless properly stored. This includes:
      • gasoline
      • Coleman fuel