Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to 70,000 – 80,000 serious workplace fires resulting in approximately 200 fatalities, 5,000 injuries and over $2 billion in property losses. These losses do not account for lost profits and lost productivity of employees traumatized by the disaster. Minimize the risk of fire by conducting regular inspections to identify and prevent fire hazards in the workplace.

Key Steps To Fire Prevention

  • Keep all entrances and exits clear.
  • Test alarm and sprinkler systems on a regular basis.
  • Ensure fire extinguishers are present, tested yearly and appropriate for each work area.
  • Be sure exit lights are installed and in good working order.
  • Keep emergency doors closed at all times.
  • Conduct fire/emergency evacuation drills on a regular basis.
  • Display evacuation procedures throughout the building.
  • Provide visiting clients with sufficient training on evacuation procedures.
  • Make sure gas heaters have working automatic safety cut offs.
  • Keep all flammable materials clear of all heat sources.
  • Inspect all electrical outlets, power sources and switches and confirm they are in good working condition.
  • Ensure all electrical cords are free of cuts, frays or exposed wiring.
  • Keep all electrical cables and cords clear of walkways.
  • Never use electrical equipment near flammable gases, vapors, liquids, fibers or dust.
  • Keep oily rags covered in metal containers.
  • Use and store hazardous chemicals by following instructions on their Material Safety data Sheets.
  • Clean and maintain all office and production equipment on a regular basis.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed findings of your inspections.
  • Keep multiple copies of the report with at least one copy off-site.
  • Review findings on a regular basis to determine whether additional fire preventions measures can be taken.