There are fire hazards on all worksites. Fire safety practices, fire brigade training, proper fire fighting equipment, and good fire fighting techniques are all part of the "fight against fire" on the jobsite.
Check your workplace for fire hazards. You and your co-workers can best play it safe by co-operating with each other and with the fire department. When a fire occurs, your best protection will be to follow emergency response plans, established escape routes, and knowledge of extinguishing methods.
Every workplace has different materials, chemicals, and even hazardous materials that can create fires. Be sure you know which fire extinguisher is best for the type of fire. If you don't know, then clear the area and let the fire department do the work. Many fires require specialized fire fighting gear, chemicals or techniques. Water is the best agent for fighting ordinary Class 'A' (combustible) fires, but it is NOT appropriate in many situations.
You need to know type(s) of fires may likely occur in your area for jobsite and what type of extinguisher to use.
Common causes of fires at various worksites include:
Be sure that fire safety plans include the use of protective clothing and devices such as self-contained breathing apparatus or fire retardant coveralls. Know your gear - know the plan.
Taking precautions against fire is one of the most basic safety efforts you can be involved in. Prevention and protection go hand-in-hand. Check this list for prevention and protection procedures:
You can take your fire safety procedures home with you. Your family will appreciate it. Check to make sure you have reviewed the following with your family:
Your professional attitude from the workplace will help your family take fire safety seriously.
Production quotas, jobs, and lives are at stake in the "fight against fire". The best tool in the fight is planning. Prevention of fires, training of personnel, recognition of fire hazards, and safe operating procedures are all part of the solution. Proper emergency procedures can reduce damages, save lives, and keep everyone on the job. Join the fire safety "team" in your work area.
For more information, refer to current applicable Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.