AbleToTrain by Willing & Able

Fire prevention best practices

The number of ways in your office to mitigate the risk of fire is infinite. Here are some of the worth mentioning practices:

1. Add “no smoking” signs and enforce them strictly. If the workplace has smoking areas, the workers should be told to dispose of cigarettes properly.

2. From Declutter. Those with piles of waste and debris are the perfect places for a fire to gain power over. With proper housekeeping at your own place of work, the chance of fire should be small.

3. Store liquids that are flammable in metal containers. With caution, sticky or solvent-soaked rags should be used and properly disposed of.

4. Familiarize the organization with firefighting equipment and the location for each one. Fire extinguishers have assigned installation locations near exit doors and fire-prone areas in your office. Employees should be capable of quickly spotting them.

5. In a safe compartment, store chemicals. Read the Hazard Warnings Information Sheet to ensure safe storage and use.

6. It is important to keep the electrical wiring and fixtures in order. To reduce the possibility of defective electrical connections, avoid using too many electronics in one socket and minimize the use of adapters.

7. Prepare a list of all contact numbers for emergencies and make it available to all in the workplace

8. For all staff, perform fire safety drills. In the workforce, learning how to use a fire extinguisher is important. Ensure that employees are able to recognize the various types of fire extinguishers and are able to work properly through the given instruction.

Fire Response

In every company, having a fire plan in the workplace that focuses on Fire Safety Best Practices is a priority. This includes the processes of battling the fire and evacuating the area if a fire happens.

Evacuate the office

When a fire happens, the first thing to do is make sure the workers can safely get out of the building. For any employee to get to know and practice during a fire drill, an evacuation plan must be set out. Each department should be oriented towards the fire exit on its particular path. Use this step-by-step guide to respond effectively when you discover the fire first:

1. Remain calm, stay calm

2. Warn everyone in the building to supervise the evacuation or the fire safety officers

3. Call the Fire Brigade

4. Leaving the building by taking the direction of evacuation

5. Gather and remain in the evacuation area unless otherwise notified.

6. Provide information about the fire incident when the fire brigade arrives.

Fighting the Fire

When it is still controllable and only when you know how to use a fire extinguisher, fighting the fire is a decision to make. Make sure there is a simple route to escape while doing so. Employees can help locate the fire extinguishers and their positions with a full evacuation plan. Keep calm, analyze the situation, and call for assistance. Being confronted by fire is all about making fast choices and ensuring safety.

Suppressing the Fires

Drop and roll over to extinguish it if the clothes catch fire while attempting to escape or fight it. Aside from studying how to recognize the various forms of fire extinguishers, this should be part of fire prevention procedures. It depends on how you practice the ability to suppress fire. In the event of a fire, make sure you attend all the fire drills performed in your workplace or lose your life.