29 Sep

2016

NFPA Sounds Alarm for Fire Prevention Week 2016

posted by: Karen Spottiswood

Everyone is responsible to keep his or her work place free from fire. A fire can be devastating–do your best to prevent fires from happening!

National Fire Prevention Week

2016 National Fire Prevention Week

No one thinks a fire is going to occur at their house or business, but billions of dollars in fire damage happen each year. Fire safety should take place year-round, but the enhanced attention it gets during National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) can help business owners get the message across.

Fires in the work place are more common than people think. However, with a little common sense and safe behavior, they can be prevented. Heeding the following tips from the PA Department of Labor & Industry Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Health and Safety Division can help keep your work place safe from fires.

  • Eliminate fire hazards: Keep work spaces free of waste paper and other combustibles, have damaged electrical cords replaced and do not overloaded circuits.
  • Prepare for emergencies: Make sure you know who to call and where to go in an emergency. Report fires and emergencies promptly.
  • Sound the building fire alarm/evacuation signal and call the fire department immediately.
  • Evacuate safely: In an emergency, leave the area quickly; use stairs instead of the elevator. Assist your coworkers.
  • Use and maintain wiring, tools and equipment correctly. Keep everything oil- and dust-free.
  • Uncoil an extension cord fully before use (use for temporary wiring ONLY); be sure the amperage of the cord is appropriate for the job you are doing.
  • Do not use equipment that delivers mild electrical shocks, gives off unusual heat or smells odd. If in doubt, have it checked and repaired or replaced.
  • Sweep up scraps of paper or material, and dust as soon as possible.
  • Store flammable liquids in approved containers and locations.
  • Do not use electrical equipment when flammable gases, vapors, liquids, dusts or fibers are present.
  • Make sure trash is emptied frequently enough to prohibit a build up of combustibles in an area.

Everyone is responsible to keep his or her work place free from fire. A fire can be devastating–do your best to prevent fires from happening!

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