Have you ever had a fire in the workplace? It can be terrifying, to say the least, but it’s important not to panic. Fires are typically started by something that is very close to where they start.
The best way to deal with fires in your office is by being prepared for them ahead of time.
In this blog post, we will discuss how to prevent and prepare for fires in the office, as well as what you should do if there is an emergency situation.
What Causes Fires in the Office?
There are a variety of ways that fires can start in an office. Flammable liquids, furniture, and other decorations made with materials such as carpeting or wood, dust from the insulation on cables, wiring hidden under carpets – these all contribute to the risk for fire at work.
The best way to prevent fires in the office is to be aware of all possible causes and take steps to minimize risks.
What You Can Do:
- Keep a fire extinguisher or two on hand, as well as smoke detectors. Install them both near places that are high risk, such as your kitchen area where flammable liquids might be stored.
- Keep all furniture and decorations away from walls, power outlets, or other items that might cause a fire to spread quickly. This means keeping paper off of carpeting as well as not storing boxes near any type of heat sources such as radiators or heating vents.
- If you work with flammable liquids at your desk, make sure you have a safety kit including gloves and an appropriate container.
- If an item, such as a plant or lamp with oil in it, catches fire: Never use water to put the flame out. To extinguish this type of fire effectively, douse it with baking soda or spray it with window cleaner (or any other type of cleaner).
- If you find yourself in a smoke-filled room, take the time to close doors behind you. If that is not possible, use wet towels or clothing to cover your nose and mouth as well as your eyes. Try to get low–below eye level where there’s less smoke–to make it easier for air to move around you.
- Exercise caution in fighting a fire that is spread out, like under your desk or on the other side of the room–use an appropriate hose to put it out as quickly as possible and close off any doors behind you. In order for this situation to work effectively, make sure everyone leaves the immediate area so they don’t get trapped in a room with the fire.
- If you are up high, stay there–do not try to escape down low where smoke and fumes can more easily collect. If possible, use stairs or an elevator rather than trying to go over flames.
- In order for these methods of prevention to work effectively, make sure everyone leaves the immediate area so they don’t get trapped in a room with the fire.
Fires in the workplace happen. No matter how diligent you are about safety, people can still be careless and start a fire that could devastate your business.
That’s why it is good to have an evacuation plan for fires so everyone knows what to do when one happens. The best way to prevent these tragedies from happening again is by being prepared with a written emergency escape plan for any type of disaster situation where there may not be time or opportunity for discussion when something goes wrong.
We hope this article has given you some valuable information on how to protect your workplace from fires. If not, let us know and we’ll do our best to help out!