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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.