When your staff members become more aware of fire hazards, they will do more to prevent a fire from breaking out. Here are the top three fire hazards that occur in the workplace and how to avoid them.
#1 Electrical Problems
Plugs, wiring and electrical equipment are all fire hazards. Overloading an electrical outlet is a surefire way to ignite a fire and should be avoided at all costs. More and more businesses are going paperless resulting in an increase in the number of electronic devices. Employees also bring their personal devices to work which may need charging and can cause an outlet overload.
What to Do: Avoid the Using Power Strips
Power strips aren’t a viable solution, even if you don’t have enough power outlets in your vicinity. Switch off electronics that aren’t being used and make sure all the wiring is in good condition.
#2 Human Error
It’s human nature to make mistakes. But, these mistakes might lead to a fire which may lead to detrimental damage to your business. Leaving the stove on in the break room, burning something in the microwave or smoking where you aren’t supposed to are mistakes that happen more often than it should.
What to Do: Kitchen Safety Is Vital
Practising kitchen safety is a must for every employee. If you’re using kitchen appliances such as the stove, it’s vital to tie your hair back and tuck in loose-fitting clothes. Additionally, keep coffee machines, microwaves and toasters in the kitchen or break room because they can quickly light up flammable materials in close vicinity.
#3 Excessive Clutter
If a fire were to break out, it will feed and grow bigger if clutter is present. Additionally, clutter might hinder employees from escaping during a fire. The last thing people should have to deal with is clutter blocking the exit.
What to Do: Dispose of Papers and Folders
The best way to reduce clutter in the workplace is to encourage employees to pick up after themselves and dispose of paper that isn’t being used.
For more tips on fire prevention in the workplace as well as active and passive fire protection systems, get in touch with the team at FSD today.