Safety Toolbox Talk – Fire Safety 8/7/2022
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS IN THE WORKPLACE
Eliminate workplace fire hazards:
- Damaged electrical outlets, cords, cables, etc.
- Overloaded outlets and circuits
- Combustible objects in unsecured locations (included excessive trash and recycling)—keep these far from electrical equipment!
- Fire exit obstacles
Keep workspace and equipment clean, dry, and well-ventilated, and especially clean of oil and dust.
Prepare for emergencies:
- Follow workspace protocol and guidelines to ensure safety and health; know and understand rules and procedures concerning fire emergencies.
- Ensure that smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are installed, working properly, and are not blocked.
- Conduct regular fire drills.
Employers should follow these workplace fire safety tips:
- Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
- Educate all employees on emergency procedures, exit locations, escape routes, fire alarms and drills, and the use of fire extinguishers.
- Conduct regular drills.
- Install and properly maintain all fire safety equipment.
- Provide for disabled employees.
HAZARDOUS ELECTRICS AND EQUIPMENT
Use only electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory (i.e. UL).
Immediately replace damaged, hazardous equipment:
- Look out for anything that appears overheated, smells strange, or delivers electrical shock.
- Replace all damaged, worn, frayed, or old wires.
Only use three-prong plugs in three-slot outlets (and, similarly: two-slot plug into two-slot outlets).
Equipment that emanates substantial heat should be at least several feet away from combustible surfaces and objects.
- Heaters must include a thermostat control mechanism.
Stay safe, Stay healthy.