Fire safety tips

Fire safety tips for home and office

It’s important to know what to do before, during and after a fire, whether it’s in your home or your workplace. In the case of a fire starting in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape! A fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives, especially in the workplace.

When working in an office, follow these fire safety tips:

When working in an office, follow these fire safety tips:

Keep exits free of obstructions.

  • Make sure you know the different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Check extinguishers periodically to see if they are charged and well marked.
  • Know where fire alarms and extinguishers are located.
  • Every workstation should have an emergency plan. In case of fire or other emergencies, procedures should outline who is to call the fire department and how the building is to be evacuated.
  • Keep the office and dock areas neat and clean; store hazardous materials in designated areas.
  • Make sure there are good connections and effective grounds in the wiring.
  • Smoke only where permitted.
  • Keep equipment clean and use it properly.
  • Handle flammable liquids with caution.
  • If you store hazardous materials properly, the chances of fire, spills, and accidents are greatly reduced.

Following rules is not just the responsibility of the safety supervisor or the terminal manager, it’s everyone’s responsibility.

These can also be applied at home; some more fire-safe habits to implement in your household are:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.
  • If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

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