No one ever plans a fire in the workplace. However, if you are not careful and fire conscious, you could create fire hazards all around you and be unaware of it. Here are some helpful tips for using your fire protection equipment and doing things that can help to prevent disasters.
It may seem oversimplified, but simple things like picking up papers and debris in the work area can limit the chances for fires. Not only does cleaning up prevent fires, but it can also help to prevent on the job injuries. Develop a “clean as you go” strategy. This prevents trash from piling up and gives you a clean workplace all the time.
Check Your Power Cords
If you have to use extension cords, make sure they are in excellent condition. Look for signs of damaged insulation or plugs with loose prongs. Never bypass electrical safety devices like grounding plugs by using adapters. Metal equipment is not properly grounded when you do this, and it can create both electrical and fire hazards.
Inspect Your Fire Protection Equipment
When was the last time your fire extinguishers were checked or replaced? Extinguishers have shelf lives, and you should not exceed them. Make sure to have your sprinkler system inspected or tested by a trained professional about once a month or so.
Do Your People Know How To Use a Fire Extinguisher?
Fire protection equipment like an extinguisher is great, but not much use if you don’t know how to use it. Now is a good time to make sure everyone has basic knowledge and training on extinguishers. It doesn’t take long to conduct a class that gives your employees basic information on the types of fires and extinguishers and the proper way to use the equipment. A little training time can help prevent some major problems.
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