How to Manage Fire Hazards in the Workplace

It doesn’t matter what kind of job you have, it’s imperative to know how best to manage various fire hazards in the workplace. Lives are on the line when things are not properly maintained or obvious problems aren’t dealt with. But what about when problems aren’t so obvious? If you need some help figuring out what you can do to make things safer and reduce the possibility of a fire, here’s three tips on what you should look out for.

1. Check the Outlets

No matter where you work, what you do, or who’s employed there, making sure every outlet in the workplace is in a functional state. Numerous house fires every year can be traced back to faulty wiring or otherwise broken outlets and cords. Imagine all that but on the scale of a large office building or factory.

To ensure nothing bad happens as a result of poorly functioning electrical equipment, make sure to regularly safety check the outlets around the workplace (every six months to a year is usually good). It’s also important to remember to bring in a professional electrician or inspector to take a look, especially if there seems to be a problem.

2. Minimize Risk Factors

While electrical appliances might be one of the leading causes of fires, they’re not what makes them so devastating. These would be the various risk factors for out of control fires that most workplaces having lying all over the place.

Discarded boxes? Old papers no one needs? These things quickly become fuel. Work in a humid environment and don’t regularly wipe down surfaces? That can cause an electrical short and create sparks. Locating these kinds of dangers is critical in preventing fires, making regular building checks even more important.

3. Prepare for the Worst

While it would be unnecessarily pessimistic to think of fires as an inevitability, you need to be prepared in case they happen. In that way, one of the best fire management strategies is to have ample supplies to deal with them. Smoke detectors in every room and hallway are a good start, with a replacement battery every year and regular testing required. Fire extinguishers in easy to access areas are also a good plan.

For large scale fire prevention, consider installing a sprinkler system if possible. Flame retardant surface protection is also a good idea, especially for industrial workplaces (you can find options at places like TRIMACO).

If you can remember these three simple tips, you should be able to keep your workplace safe from fires no matter what your job may be.

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