Fire Prevention - It's Your Job!
Each of us have a responsibility in fire prevention. Whether you are a Welder, Quality Control, E-Tech, Pipe Fitter, Office Worker, etc., if you fail to do your part in trying to prevent fires, we may not only lose our jobs as a result of a fire, someone may also suffer an injury, or worse. This time of year we see an increase of fires both in industry and at home.
With this in mind, here are a few simple rules that you must observe to make your work area a more fire-safe place to work:
Keep your work area clean.
Learn the location of fire protection equipment-water pumps, carbon dioxide and dry chemical fire extinguishers, and fire hose. Learn how to use each.
Only if you have been trained to use fire fighting equipment use it when needed; however, never let a fire come between you and a safe exit.
Discard combustible materials in trash containers provided for this purpose.
Do not leave oil-soaked rags, gloves, or other flammable materials on floors or in lockers or cabinets.
Report any unsafe condition that may cause a fire.
Do not block any piece of fire protection equipment. This would include fire extinguishers, fire hoses, ladders, and fire alarms.
Maintain free access to electrical control panels.
Use and store chemicals by manufacturer's recommendations.
Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
Keep machinery clean, free from oil based liquids and material buildup.
At all times keep walkways and exits free from blockage and tripping hazards.
If any fire protection equipment is used to extinguish a fire, report it immediately. Return all fire protection equipment to their locations. If you observe that any equipment is missing, report this to your supervisor at once. One final reminder of the extreme cost of fire: According to National Fire Protection Association statistics, about 150 fires occur each year causing a total of more than $36 million in damages.