Fire Prevention Month
Fires are scary, dangerous, and costly. Preventing injuries and destruction that result from worksite fires must be a priority for all workers and employers. Having a fire prevention policy in place, along with choosing the right equipment to prevent and fight fires are crucial elements to ensuring everyone’s safety.
October is National Fire Prevention Month, so let’s review some of the important elements of an effective fire safety plan:
A clear, comprehensive, and well-communicated fire prevention policy is the basis of workplace fire prevention programs. It gives purpose and direction to fire prevention plans, procedures, and training. An effective fire prevention policy must cover:
- Alarm systems
- Fire suppression systems, such as automatic sprinkler systems
- Fire extinguishers – including choosing the right one and training workers on how to use them
- Common fire hazards
- Fire reporting procedures
- Evacuation procedures – everyone should know at least 2 exit routes from their work area
- Safety precautions for preventing workplace fires
- Fire-fighting rules – when to fight, when to take flight
- Fire safety training – what, when, who, and how often
- Emergency response teams – fire brigades, emergency shutdown procedures, medical emergency first responders, etc.