Do you know what to do in the event of a fire?
Does your employer have a fire safety plan in place? If you are the employer; do your employees know what to do in the case of a fire? Chances are, your fire escape/safety plans haven’t been discussed recently, and there’s no time like now to make sure everyone’s on the same page. Obviously, it’s smart to have a plan in place, but sometimes it’s required by law. Are you compliant?
Tips for employers:
- Take time to educate your employees about fire hazards in the workplace.
- Include fire safety training when training new employees.
- Alert the staff of any changes to the plan.
- Post the plan around the office in multiple visible places.
- Conduct fire drills regularly.
- Keep fire equipment in plain sight and regularly check that they are up-to-date.
- Have an alarm system, both visual and audible. Schedule to change out the batteries regularly.
- Go over rules for smoking, including where to smoke and how to properly dispose of cigarettes. Schedule proper cleaning and maintenance of heat-producing equipment.
- Appoint a fire safety leader.
Tips for employees:
- Keep your work-space clean and free of clutter, including trash and recycling.
- Keep your electrical cords organized, and replace any damaged ones.
- Pay attention to any machinery that could overheat.
- Do not overload circuits, including power strips.
- If you use a space heater, do not plug it into a power strip, and unplug it when not in use.
- Smoke safely in designated areas.
- Be familiar with your fire safety/escape plan, and know where the fire equipment (pull stations, extinguishers, etc.) are located.
- Follow building security measures, such as locking up at night, to help prevent arson fires.