We all know that fire sprinkler systems are extremely effective in extinguishing fires, but prevention and preparedness are perhaps the best lines of defense against fires in the workplace. There are a few simple things anyone can do to help reduce fire hazards in the workplace and make it a safer space in the event that fire does occur.
Fire Extinguisher Tips
Ensuring that your fire extinguishers are regularly inspected is of the utmost importance. During an inspection, a specialist will ensure all fire extinguishers are visible and easily accessible. They will also make sure all extinguishers are in proper working condition. An up-to-date inspection ensures that your fire extinguishers will work properly if they are ever needed. It’s also a good idea to offer training to employees on how to operate a fire extinguisher using the PASS method:
- Pull the pin
- Aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the trigger
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side
Recognize Fire Hazards
Many of us tend to spend quite a bit of time at work. Much like in the home, we often don’t notice right away when appliances have become old or when workspaces have become dangerously cluttered. Stacks of papers, old appliances, and overloaded outlets are three major contributors to fire hazards in the workplace that can easily go unnoticed.
One important aspect of fire prevention is to ensure that your building or office is neat and tidy. An office or building free from clutter will present fewer opportunities for a fire to spread. Perform regularly scheduled walkthroughs of your office or building to ensure that electrical outlets and the areas around coffee makers, copiers, computers, etc. are free from clutter, and encourage employees to maintain tidy workspaces. Avoid overloading electrical outlets, and ensure all wires are free from frays. Always make sure to turn off electrical devices such as desk lamps, coffee makers, computers, projectors, etc. before leaving for the day. And lastly, make sure there is a clear path to all emergency exits at all times.
Make Preparedness a Policy
It’s not possible to completely fireproof any office or building, but there are steps we can all take to reduce the chances of a fire occurring or spreading. Well maintained facilities & equipment, basic fire safety training, as well as a good fire sprinkler system are all steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of those in your building. Workplace fire safety training courses are a great way to ensure a safer workplace for you and for your employees. Click here for information on Workplace Fire Safety training in Seattle, WA, and always remember to call Columbia Fire for regular fire sprinkler system maintenance and testing.