Every year in the US there are 16,500 workplace fires, including stores and offices, that cause $932 million in direct property damage. Here are some tips to help prevent workplace fires, keep workers safe and keep businesses open.
Eliminate fire hazards in the workplace:
- Check for damaged or overloaded electrical outlets, cords and cables.
- Keep anything that can burn away from your electrical equipment.
- Never leave portable heating devices unattended.
Employers need to prepare for emergencies:
- Make sure smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are properly installed and working.
- Post clear fire escape plans on every level of a building.
- Teach employees about exit locations, escape routes, and fire protection equipment.
If there is a workplace fire:
- Call 911.
- Notify co-workers of the fire.
- Never use an elevator. Walk, don’t run, down the stairs.
- If you can’t evacuate, remain calm. Seal door gaps with jackets and wait at the window.
For more information on workplace fire safety, visits www.OSHA.gov