Workplace fires can affect both the employer and employee. While it’s up to employers to implement general workplace practices to reduce these risks, there are a number of precautions employees can take in order to prevent workplace fires.
To prevent workplace fires, employees should do the following:
- Always comply with employer regulations.
- Obey no smoking signs.
- Dispose of cigarettes and matches in the proper receptacles after ensuring they are completely extinguished.
- Watch for frayed electrical cords and overloaded circuits.
- Dispose of flammable waste and scraps.
- Follow organizational rules related to the storage of combustible materials.
If a fire breaks out, it’s important to know where fire extinguishers and fire alarms are located. You should also participate in any employer-mandated fire drills and preventive training.
Fires can break out at any time and are often the result of preventable factors. Keeping in mind the tips listed above will help keep yourself and co-workers safe from fires.