Don't Start That
Each of us has 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 the fire, but we also may suffer an injury, or worse. The fall season is beginning and this is the time of year we see an increase in fires both in the 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.
- Inspect electrical cords prior to use for cuts to insulation, exposed wire and intact ground prongs.
- 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 firefighting equipment use it when needed; however, never let fire come between you and a safe exit.
- Discard combustible materials in trash containers provided specifically for this purpose.
- Do not leave oil-soaked rags, gloves, or other flammable materials on floors or in lockers, cabinets or open trash cans.
- Report any unsafe condition that may cause a fire.
- Do not block any piece of fire protection equipment, such as 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, such as a fire extinguisher, fire hose, etc. is used to extinguish a fire, report it immediately. Report any use of fire protection equipment immediately to management. If you observe that any fire protection 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!