Safety Tips

Five tips to prevent a workplace fire

Just the other day, a friend of mine told me a harrowing tale of how his home became decimated by a relentless fire. The cause: nothing more than a mere spark, brought about by a faulty electrical cable!

Upon listening to his story, I was once again reminded of the massive risk fire poses to not only residential dwellings, but to businesses as well.

All it takes is just 30 seconds for a small spark to grow into a raging inferno. And so it's highly recommended that you ensure you're prepared for a possible workplace fire.

TIP#1: Insurance

The first, and arguably the most important, step is to insure your building against a workplace fire.

TIP#2: Fire teams

  1. Ensure you have fire-fighting equipment that it is well located, demarcated and easily accessible.
  2. Get a registered technician to test your fire-fighting equipment.
  3. Ensure all of your employees know how to use your fire-fighting equipment.
  4. Appoint someone who's trained for emergency situations, and who can act immediately should the situation call for it.
  5. Also put together and train a fire team to assist the fire emergency supervisor.

TIP#3: Inspections

Ensure that regular inspections are conducted in and around your workplace. This includes regularly checking electrical installations and equipment, as well as machine-driven equipment, to ensure they're maintained.

TIP#4: Be strict on smoking

Completely ban smoking near all flammable substances in and around your workplace.

TIP#5: Good storage and housekeeping practices

Train your staff on good housekeeping and storage practices, particularly when storing flammable substances in the workplace.

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