Business Fire Safety Tips
- Detectors should be placed in every office and every hallway.
- Large rooms may require multiple alarms.
- Ensure alarms are interconnected so that they all sound when one is set off.
- Test regularly.
- Replace every 10 years.
Emergency Evacuation Plan – Review Every Year
- Identify all fire and life safety devices.
- Consider whether occupants are familiar with the building or if there may be many who are unfamiliar, such as a retail or restaurant establishment.
- Note any special needs of individuals, such as disabilities or language barriers.
Develop a Plan
- Create a map that includes each floor and the location of all fire exits, manual pull stations, and extinguishing equipment. Mark the location on each floor where the maps are displayed as well as the two nearest exits.
- Train employees to stop whatever they’re doing and evacuate the building immediately when the alarm sounds.
- Elevators should never be used to evacuate during a fire.
- Have a designated meeting place for occupants to assemble and conduct a headcount.
Conduct Fire Drills
- Knowing how to react in the event of a fire gives everyone a better chance of escaping.
- Fire safety training should be offered at least once per year.
- Plan fire drills for all shifts and all employees.
- Decide whether to announce fire drills or conduct them on an unannounced basis.
In Case of a Fire
- Follow the emergency evacuation plan.
- Do not use the elevators. Use the nearest stairway.
- Crawl low underneath smoke, and check doors for heat before using. Use secondary exits as necessary.
- Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1! Don’t go back inside a burning building for anything or anyone. Firefighters have the training and the protective equipment to make rescues.
- Designate one person to communicate with fire department personnel regarding any missing persons..
Workplace Fire Prevention Tips:
- Keep electric appliances away from anything flammable. Never leave them on after hours.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets and connecting multiple extension cords.
- Never run extension cords under carpet or behind furniture where they may become unknowingly damaged.
- Smoking areas should be established away combustible pathways. Provide safe receptacles clearly marked for cigarette disposal.
- Keep hallways, stairways, and exits clear and clutter-free.
- Report and safety concerns and fire hazards to building management.
- Most fires start small enough to be put out with a fire extinguisher.
- The type required for your business is determined by the type of business and the building materials.
- Mount extinguishers properly and keep them clear from any obstructions. Place them where people are most likely to travel, having them accessible without walking more than 75 feet.
- Remember P.A.S.S. for proper operation.
- Always make sure emergency services have been called prior to using an extinguisher to prevent delays in response if the fire extinguisher does not put the fire out.
- If you are unable to put the fire out with one extinguisher, leave and close the door to slow the spread of heat and smoke.
- Pull the safety pin. Grab the ring and twist.
- Aim at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle.
- Sweep the hose side to side to extinguish the flames.
- Fire wardens are employees of a building designated to be responsible for getting everyone out of the building safely in the case of an emergency evacuation and during drills. They also conduct headcounts at the meeting location.
- OSHA recommends 1 fire warden for every 20 employees.
- Wardens should have training on the workplace layout to know where all alternative exit routes are located.
- Wardens should be aware of which employees may need assistance during an emergency evacuation.
- Wardens check all rooms and enclosed areas for employees who may have become trapped or not been able to evacuate.
- Following the fire warden protocol will provide a high level of accountability for all persons in the workplace to ensure they escape safely.
Caution When Storing Hazardous Materials
Make sure all hazardous materials in the building are labeled properly with current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on site. Ensure these materials are stored safely and properly disposed of when necessary.
FOR ANY EMERGENCY
- EVACUATE THE AREA
- CALL 9-1-1