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Fire Prevention 101

Workplace fires are extremely dangerous and can devastate a business. But following basic fire safety rules can reduce the possibility of a fire – and help save lives and property if one occurs.

  • Keep work areas clean and clear of trash and debris. Clutter quickly becomes fuel for flames.
  • Maintain machinery to avoid overheating and sparks.
  • Electrical hazards are the cause of many workplace fires. Report them immediately.
  • Know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher and how to use it.
  • Don’t block electrical panels. They will need to be quickly accessed in the event of an emergency.
  • If applicable, learn about the chemicals you use and how to store them safely.
  • Smoke only in designated areas and always make sure you extinguish smoking materials safely and completely.
  • Don’t block sprinklers, emergency exits or firefighting equipment.
  • To avoid arson fires, adhere to all building or facility security procedures.
  • Know the location of fire alarms and emergency telephone numbers.