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Preventing Workplace Fires

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighters on a commercial roof. Firefighters battle a heavy fire in a commercial building.

Fire Safety in the workplace is important all year round and our team here at SERVPRO of Jersey City North/The Heights would like to review workplace fire prevention & safety.

 Here is a top-10 of tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace:

Step 1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.

Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learning how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.

Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electricity could be shut off easily.

Step 6. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment, or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Test sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.

Step 7. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.

Step 8. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.

Step 9. Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

Step 10. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number, and floor plan should be posted.  The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan app is a great tool for collecting, storing, and sharing this information.

For additional information or a free consultation, please call us today.

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