Housekeeping Checklist for Fire Prevention
06 Jun 2020 - Flaaim
Good housekeeping is an important part of reducing the fire risk of a property. Accumulations of combustible scrap materials and trash can provide a fuel source and contribute to fire development. Additionally, accumulations of dust and small fibrous materials will increase the likelihood of a flash fire or dust explosion. The following basic housekeeping procedures should be established.
- Are aisles free of equipment, raw material, and scrap?
- Is equipment and machinery designed to allow for easy cleaning and organized to allow for removal of waste?
- Are floors cleaned daily to prevent the buildup of dust, waste paper, and scrap?
- If smoking is permitted, are designated smoking areas established and “No Smoking” signs posted in all other areas of the facility?
- Are non-combustible receptacles for smoking materials provided and routinely emptied by the staff?
- Are trash containers emptied daily?
- Are trash containers, with a capacity greater than 40 gal (0.15 m3 ), made from noncombustible materials?
- Are trash dumpsters and trash containers, with a capacity greater than 40.5 ft3 (1.15 m3 ), stored outside buildings, and not within 10 ft (3m) of combustible walls, openings, or combustible roof eaves lines?
- Are trash separated by type (i.e., wood, paper, oily rags) and placed in noncombustible containers?
- Is waste from packaging, such as shredded paper and plastic, removed form the work area daily?
- Are cooking appliances equipped with easily accessible and removable noncombustible grease filters?
- Are grease containers emptied at least daily?
- Are raw materials storage areas routinely monitored and cleaned to prevent the buildup of combustible dusts, such as from sugar and starches?
- Are hoods and ducts vented to the exterior of the building and provided with an accessible opening for inspection and cleaning?
- Are good housekeeping practices followed, including routine cleaning of dusts over 1/8 in (3.18 mm) in depth from all surfaces?
- Is the access to dust collection areas restricted?
- Is electrical equipment that is installed in dust collection areas, listed/approved for Class II Division 1 use?
Flammable and Combustible Liquids
- Are drip pans under equipment cleaned daily to prevent the accumulations of flammable liquids?
- Are liquid-soaked rags and paper from cleaning operations placed in covered metal containers and disposed of on a daily basis?
- Are dryer exhaust systems routed away from combustible materials and access provided for routine cleaning?
- Is the lint from clothes dryers removed on a regular basis?
- Are spray areas kept free of the accumulation of deposits of combustible residues?
- Are filters for ventilating and exhaust systems replaced on a regular basis?
- Are compressors, fans, and circulation equipment used in freezers, coolers, and cold storage rooms included in a regular cleaning and maintenance program?
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