SERVPRO's Top 5 Workplace Fire Safety Tips
Tip #1: Identify risks in the workplace
- Cooking Appliances
- Electrical Wiring
- Power Strips (overloaded)
- Lighting Equipment
- Heating Appliances
- Smoking Materials
- Office/Entertainment Equipment
Tip #2: Assign fire safety roles
If your organization hasn’t assigned at least one person (ideally, a team of people) to oversee fire safety, this should be your organization’s first priority. Some candidates who might make sense for the role include your company’s Office Manager, Facility Manager, Safety Manager, or Human Resources Manager.
There are common areas within many conventional work environments that should be viewed as higher risk.
Just over one-fifth of reported workplace fires over a five-year period started in an office kitchen or cooking area. Any structure with a kitchen containing a toaster oven, microwave, or heating appliance is vulnerable.
While only 2% of fires began in a workplace’s ceiling/attic area, those fires were responsible for 13% of direct property damage.Tip #4: Precautions to be taken for general fire safety
These include minimizing loose paper throughout the office, properly storing flammable materials, and instructing all employees on fire response prevention and protocol.
Maintain functional appliances (both in the kitchen and elsewhere) and conduct routine electrical inspections to help mitigate the risk of a fire incident occurring.Tip #5: Use a fire safety checklist
Protecting your business from workplace fires starts with understanding the risks your organization faces. The task might feel overwhelming, which is why a simplified checklist is a great place to start!
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