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Fire Safety Tips

A fire safety plan is crucial for your site and building.

Did you know that every 24 seconds a United States fire department responds to a fire emergency somewhere in the country? [1] Fires can be set ablaze anywhere, at any moment. Aside from installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in key areas of the workplace, you’ll still need to know various fire safety information to increase your chances of survival. The fire safety consultants of The Safety Group list useful fire safety tips for your home or office.

Preventing Fires

Install and maintain smoke detectors on every floor of your home or office. For your home, ensure they are in all bedrooms, the kitchen, and the front door. When you’re cooking, never leave the stove unattended, especially with deep fryers. Don’t use portable or stationary space heaters at home or the workplace since heating equipment comes is second in the leading cause of fire deaths. Prepare a fire emergency plan to ensure household members and employees escape in less than two minutes. If you or someone smokes, do so outside to help prevent fires inside.

Test Your Smoke Detectors

Test your smoke detectors every month by pushing the “test” button to ensure their function and batteries are functioning or whether they need to be updated. Always have a spare battery just in case. Whenever the smoke alarms “chirp,” it’s an indication that batteries need to be replaced immediately. The majority of smoke detector malfunctions are due to missing or dead batteries.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has reported three out of every five home fire deaths are caused by fires where there were no working smoke detectors. [2] There are a variety of brands and models of smoke detectors on the market. One of the most reputable manufacturers of smoke detectors is Underwriters Laboratories Standard, and it should have the UL label on its packaging. With the proper safety equipment in place, you can help save your life and the lives of others.

Electrical Safety

Electrical glitches are one of the primary causes of fires at home or in the workplace. When renovating either place, one of our top fire safety tips is to make sure you hire a licensed electrician if you need anything rewired. As an everyday fire safety tip, check electrical cords often and place them somewhere safe so they do not run across doorways, carpets, or other flammable objects. Limit the number of plugs you use on a power strip since overloading an electrical outlet increases the chances of a fire.

Double-check that your light bulbs match the suggested wattage for lamps and light fixtures. You should be able to identify the wattage on a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage to use.

 

If you’d like to learn more about fire safety tips or you’re thinking of becoming a fire safety manager, reach out to a member of our team at The Safety Group.

 

Sources:

[1] National Fire Protection Association – U.S. fire problem

[2] National Fire Protection Association – Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires

 

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