Dozens of fires take place in different types of workplaces and business areas. These commercial property or space fires can result in huge financial losses to the company and can even cause employees to be hurt or injured.
By following certain fire prevention tips, fire-related accidents and emergencies can be avoided in the workplace. And these tips can help keep the workplace safe at all times, prevent injury or death and financial losses.
Below are some of these important fire prevention tips that should be followed in workplaces:
Have easily accessible suitable and functional fire safety equipment in the workplace. Smoke and/or fire alarms should be functional and installed in the right places. At least one fire or smoke alarm should be placed in the kitchen or pantry. In addition, the right types of fire extinguishers should be placed in strategic locations around the office or business space as well. Since a workplace is home to various electronic appliances and equipment, it is recommended that carbon dioxide or CO2 fire extinguishers are present in the space. However, if the workspace is full of paper, textiles, and straws, water fire extinguishers are more suitable.
Get rid of any clutter in the workplace. Businesses can effectively reduce fire related episodes by clearing clutter out of the office hallways and in other areas in the workplace. Paper and materials that are thrown together can easily catch fire if sparked by a frayed electrical wire or a spark caused by two metal pieces accidentally clashing together. Get rid of clutter immediately as well to remove potential kindling – this means regularly emptying garbage cans in the workplace.
Regularly check the extension cords in the workplace. If extension cords are used in the workplace, it is important to check them regularly. In general, power strips or outlets and extension cords are rated for a maximum wattage and amperage that they can safely withstand. Overloaded extension cords are some of the top fire hazards in offices and business areas. Before using power distribution strips and extension cords, check the ratings to make sure you are not running too much power through them. Also, only use an extension cord as a temporary electrical connection since they are not designed for continuous use. As much as possible, try to plug appliances and equipment directly into wall outlets.
Do not allow smoking inside the office or business area. Lastly, designate an area outside the building or commercial property for smoking. Never allow smoking in the work area, around desks with papers on them. Make sure the smoking area have fire resistant receptacles where smokers can safely dispose used cigarettes.
Learn more about the different types of fire safety equipment here.