Maintaining a safe work environment is detrimental in the prevention of electrical fires in the workplace. While keeping everyone safe is the greatest priority, some fires are also capable of destroying whole buildings. Actually, many work places destroyed by fire are abandoned. Here are X things to remember when employing fire safety in the workplace.
1. Check on Your Electrical Cords
If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Keep cords away from places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
2. Don’t Overload Your Plugs, Power Strips or Circuits
Overloading outlets is the most common cause of electrical fires. If you need to use power strips, make sure they are equipped with internal overload protection so they shut off when they work over capacity.
3. Turn Off All Equipment
Turning off electrical appliances at the end of each day won’t just help you save on your electricity expenses—it will dramatically decrease the chances of you having an electrical fire while you’re gone!
4. Isolate Heating Equipment
Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
Practice good workplace housekeeping. Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
6. Report Electrical Hazards
Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
7. Exercise Chemical Safety
Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.
8. Arson Prevention
Lock up appropriately, report suspicious persons and activity, and don’t leave flammable garbage where it can be set afire outside the building.
9. Keep Emergency Devices and Exits Clear
Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits.
10. Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher
Every employee should know how to operate fire extinguishers. Firefighters can come in to your office and conduct a fire safety workshop.