By Roycans - Safety Training / December 08, 2020
The threat of fire outbreaks is one of the things that you need to be prepared for in your workplaces. Even small instances can lead to uncontrolled fire explosions that put the safety of your employees and your resources at risk. From restaurants and factories to smaller one unit offices all are susceptible to fire outbreaks, and thus need to be prepared beforehand.
There are safety standards in place that covers factors such as proper ventilation of the space, availability of fire protection paraphernalia, and other factors that are determined according to the workplace and the nature of work. Making sure that your workplace is safe from potential fires is the most important thing that you can do to protect your employees, property, and customers. Roycan brings you a few of the tips below. We offer comprehensive fire protection consulting services that you can benefit from by contacting us.
Put In Place Fire Safety Roles
Whichever industry you belong to, having a team of professionals to oversee fire safety is essential. Arranging for a team of specialists must be the first priority, especially if your work involves dealing with hazardous items or you belong to the food industry. Include a fire warden. Include your office’s Manager, Human Resources Manager, Safety Manager, and Facility Manager in the team.
The team must be familiar with all the conditions that lead to a fireplace and how they can size up against it. Divide the roles so that all the areas are covered and appropriately evaluated. The safety and maintenance of all the escape routes should also be ensured.
Identifying Potential Fire Spots
Being forearmed is the best way to avoid dangerous situations. Identifying the threat helps in extinguishing the fire well before the initial spark. The National Fire Protection Association mentions that common causes of fires. You can go through the grounds of fire hazards to be cognizant of places and spots that are most vulnerable.
A survey of the problematic areas prepares you beforehand. Make sure:
- All the machinery and equipment are well-maintained
- Replace broken cords and connectors
- Ensure the functioning of insulators
- Allow ample space behind machinery and appliance to prevent overheating
Keep Fire Prone Areas Under Surveillance
Since fire-prone areas differ from industry to industry, make sure all the risky areas of your factory or workplace are properly covered and surveyed regularly. Any space that has appliances or machinery should be safeguarded and checked to make sure no fire incidences occur. Proper storage of materials is essential to ensure that there are no blind spots. Make sure all your equipment is up to date and in running condition.
Ensure Installation Of Safety Equipment
Stocking up on all the safety equipment and their proper installation is part of making sure your property and people are safe from harm's way. You can install smoke detectors, fire alarms, water sprinklers, and fire extinguishers. They have a longer life expectancy and function efficiently to let you know of any fire outbreak before the situation gets out of control.
If you are business operates in a bigger area, and the machinery is at risk of getting overheated, you must look into installing a proper fire suppression system.
Proper Communication With Your Staff
You can either schedule meetings with your entire staff through your team of safety professionals or take services of industrial safety consultants to apprise your staff of all the safety measures. Educate them on the strict safety guidelines so that everyone performs their best to avoid any unfortunate occurring. Keep days for performing fire drills so that everyone is prepared for actual fire breakouts. The exercises even help with improving areas where safety measures lack.
It is essential that you regard the safety needs of your workers and your industry. It helps you in gaining a reputation for being responsible and high on performance. The employees feel safe and appreciated working in an environment that is designed to protect them, and that values them. In the long run, you save yourself from losing your valuable assets and minimizing damage and repair costs.