There should always be fire extinguishers in your workplace. If a fire is caught soon enough, a fire extinguisher may be enough to put it out and save property and lives. Make sure you have an ample number of fire extinguishers available through the building, which are designed for use in your particular industry.
Fire extinguishers should be inspected regularly to keep them in good working condition.
Workers should be warned not to attempt to deal with a fire unless they have been trained to do so. If you have been given permission to deal with a fire, consider these steps:
All employees should know their fire escape plan. There needs to be at least two ways to get out of a building, in case one of them has been blocked by fire. If you are the employer, make sure that all employees know what their escape options are.
There must ALWAYS be a clear path to each exit. Obstacles in the way can cause people to trip and fall, adding more possibility of injuries.
Make sure all escape routes are clearly marked so those who are trying to escape the building have no problem finding where they need to go during a stressful situation.
When it comes to those escape options, it is vital to make sure the doors are unlocked when there are employees or visitors in the building. You don’t want employees to go to what they think is a way to get out of a building safely and be stuck inside because the door has been chained or locked.
Never wedge fire doors open as they are designed to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of toxic smoke and fumes. And as fire needs oxygen to survive, a fresh feed of air through wedged open fire doors may only lead to building the fire hazard.
Always have an evacuation plan in place and let employees know where they should go outside the building once they are safe. Put together a plan that makes sure that everyone checks in with someone, so you know that all employees and visitors are accounted for – and have escaped safely and are not trapped inside.
Discovering a Fire
If you ever discover a fire, follow these steps:
Evacuating the Building
Upon being told to evacuate, or hearing the fire alarm, follow these steps:
If for some reason you are unable to get out of the building.
Fires and evacuations are serious matters; therefore fire drills are essential for the safety of all staff (and visitors) of a workplace.
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