Regardless of the type of business that you carry out at your workplace, fire safety should always be a primary concern. The same goes for when you are at home. Some simple prevention and safety tips can help prevent fires and keep you safe in the event that you do have a fire. In a house fire, did you know that you may only have two minutes to get out safely? Working smoke alarms and a good fire escape plan that you practice regularly can help save lives.
- Turn off all of your electronics at the end of the day.
- Keep your work areas free from trash, waste paper, and other items that could catch fire.
- Don’t overload your electrical circuits.
- Keep anything that produces heat far away from combustibles. This includes computers, coffee makers, copiers, fax machines, and other electronics.
- Check on your cords and if any cords are damaged, replace them. Don’t lay cords where they can be stepped on, since this will break down the protective outside coating.
- Use proper fire prevention equipment and heat resistant materials if you work with hot metals, welders, and other fire hazards. This includes high-temperature rope, fire blankets, firesleeves, high-temperature tapes, and high-temperature sealants. Check out the catalogue at ADL Insulflex for a variety of heat resistant materials and equipment essential to your industrial workplace.
In the Event of a Fire
- Call 911 immediately when you find a fire and don’t hang up until you are told to do so.
- Close doors upon exiting to help stop the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building.
- Don’t use elevators during a fire.
- Follow the escape plan and meet at the pre-determined place outside the building.
- Ensure all staff have been evacuated.
- Make sure all staff knows about fire prevention and preparation.
- Talk with all members about a fire escape plan and practice it two times a year.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month and change the batteries if not working.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. The best way to remember is to do it when you enter and exit daylight saving time.
- Keep flammable materials at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, like your furnace, water heater, space heaters, and toasters.
- Don’t smoke in bed.
- Turn off portable heaters and heating pads/blankets when you go to sleep or leave the room.
- Talk to your kids regularly about the dangers of matches, lighters, and fire, and keep those items where your kids can’t reach them. For additional information, SaveTheChildren.org has 10 essential tips in order to keep your children safe from a fire emergency.
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your house, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.
- Teach your kids what the smoke alarms sound like, and what to do if they hear one.
- Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are grilling, broiling, or frying food. Turn off the stove if you leave the kitchen.
- Stay in your home while you roast, boil, bake, or simmer food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remember that food is cooking.
- Keep towels, clothing, pot holders, and plastic away from the stove.
In the Event of a Fire
- Use a fire extinguisher only if the fire is in a small area and is confined; the room is not filled with smoke; the fire department has been called; and everyone has left the building.
- In all other cases, immediately leave the home, making sure all members have evacuated to a safe location.
- Call 911 and stay on the line until told to disconnect.