Fire prevention is a very important topic at any worksite. Fires are not only dangerous to lives; they can cause grievous injuries and also cause devastating damage to the worksite itself and to any materials that may be present on the worksite. Here are some safety tips for your workforce to keep your worksite “fire-safe”.
Methods to Prevent Fires at the Worksite
- Oily rags and other combustible materials must be placed in a metal container and covered. This must be disposed of safely on a regular basis.
- The workplace must be kept clean of all clutter as it can contribute to fire by not only acting as fuel but by also blocking the access to emergency equipment and exits.
- All machinery on the worksite must be maintained properly to avoid overheating and sparking that may cause fires.
- All electrical control panels should have free accessibility. You must not store any equipment or materials in front of the panels as it could slow down the process of shutting off the power in case of an emergency.
- All electrical problems should be reported. Faulty wiring and electrical equipment malfunction can cause fires. Always use a qualified electrician to repair any faults and do not attempt to do it yourself, unless you are qualified to do so.
- Store all chemicals safely on the worksite. Read all instructions carefully to determine if these materials are flammable or can cause any fire hazards. When storing any flammable chemicals or materials, adequate ventilation must be provided.
- Maintain security for the worksite to prevent any fires due to arson. Lock up the worksite and make sure to report any suspicious person or activity on the worksite. Ensure that no combustible debris or rubbish is left outside the worksite that can be set on fire.
- Smoking should be allowed only in designated areas and all smoking materials must be extinguished carefully. Ensure that workers do not smoke near chemical storage areas or in storerooms.
- Take extra precautions to prevent any ignition in areas containing flammable particles or vapours. Ensure that you make use of non-sparking tools and control any static electricity on the work premises.
- When stacking any material, ensure that there is adequate clearance and emergency exits, sprinklers and other firefighting equipment are not blocked.
- All emergency telephone numbers, as well as your company address, must be posted near all telephones for quick and easy access in case of a fire-related emergency.
- Train all the workers on how to use the fire extinguisher properly.
Things to Do in Case of a Fire
In case of a fire-related emergency, it is important to have a clear idea of what to do.
- Ensure that you have knowledge of the emergency procedures and your specific role.
- Trigger the alarm so that the people evacuate the premises and reach safety.
- Assemble at the designated area earmarked outside the premises.
- You can use a fire extinguisher to extinguish a small fire if you are trained to do so.
- As you leave the worksite, ensure that all the machinery and equipment is shut down.
- Make sure to attend all fire drills that are conducted on the worksite and ensure that all the other workers take these drills seriously, as these drills can save lives and property in case of a fire.
Preventing fires at the worksite is the responsibility of all the people on the premises. Following a few simple steps can help in safeguarding the workplace, assets, as well as the people from any fire outbreaks and in case there is one, then these precautions can help your employees face any emergency situation till help arrives.
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