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How can workplace fires be prevented?

A fire at your place of work can have devastating consequences, including serious injuries that may prevent you from working for sometime. That’s why it’s important for employers to take the proper steps to ensure fires don’t occur, as well as making certain the proper safety equipment is accessible if one does. EHS Today offers the following tips in this case, which can help keep workplaces safe from fires.

Handle flammable materials with care

Combustible materials allow a fire to spread much faster and farther than it would normally. Things like newspapers, fabrics, and other materials should be discarded when they’re no longer necessary. If they are kept onsite, they should be stored away from open flames as well as heating implements. When it comes to trash, make sure it’s stored outside your facility at a safe distance.

Make sure electrical systems are operational

As electrical systems break down the chance of a workplace fire increases. Even something as simple as an overloaded power strip can lead to serious injuries, which is why management must make sure that safety practices are always followed. Frayed wiring or equipment that frequently short circuits should be addressed as soon as possible. The electrical system as a whole should also be inspected on a regular basis.

Be wary of cigarette butts

For employees who smoke cigarettes, there must be a proper receptacle to dispose of butts safely. Discarding cigarettes in the trash after smoking can easily lead to a fire, especially when disposed of inside a building. For workplaces with designated smoking areas, employers must make sure ashtrays and disposal bins are available.

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