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Emedco SAFETY MATTERS - October 2013

Fire Prevention

Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week

In honor of October's National Fire Prevention Week, here are some tips to prevent fires at work:

  • Keep exit routes clear and free of obstructions
  • Ensure that all exits and evacuation routes are clearly marked
  • Conduct regular fire drills
  • Get automatic fire suppression systems properly and regularly serviced
  • Use and store flammable chemicals properly
  • Designate smoking areas and provide safe disposal for smoking materials

Did You Know?

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment. Two out of every 5 home fires start in the kitchen.

Safety Corner

Good housekeeping practices may not seem like a vital safety practice, but by reducing clutter you can help in fire prevention.

Putting things back where they belong after use is especially important when working with chemicals and hazardous substances. Flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and solvents are extremely dangerous because they create invisible vapors that can come into contact with an ignition source, which would explode into a fire.

Trash and other debris needs to properly disposed of and regularly removed from the facility in order to prevent fire hazards. If trash begins to pile up and block an exit or impede a walkway, this could cause serious problems during an evacuation.

Also, non-smoking policies should be heavily enforced. Smoking is rarely allowed indoors, but even when outside, smokers should be mindful of their surroundings.

Keeping your facility clean and free of waste is a great way to prevent potentially dangerous fire hazards.