Fire safety tips to keep your warehouse or manufacturing facility free from danger

Fire safety tips to keep your warehouse or manufacturing facility free from danger

The danger of a fire in a manufacturing plant or warehouse can be severe and potentially life-threatening. Equipment or machinery that is not properly maintained can pose a significant fire hazard, and widespread fire damage could be destructive to the business company running operations. Manager should always take fire safety seriously and prepare for potential fires to keep both employees and merchandise protected. There are several precautions and actions a company can take to prevent and contain a warehouse fire. Below are six fire safety tips to keep you safe and prepared:

INSTALL A COMMERCIAL FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM IN YOUR BUILDING

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Commercial fire protection equipment will often be the first line of defense against a fire in a manufacturing plant or warehouse. Components ranging from a simple hand-held fire extinguisher to a multifaceted fire sprinkler or suppression system will all help contain fires or extinguish flames prior to them spreading out of control. Fire protection systems and equipment are vital to a business because they work to delay fire in the crucial time between when the first flame starts and when an emergency response team can arrive. This equipment can also help stave off fire long enough for employees to safely exit the warehouse or manufacturing plant.

CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

If a facility fire does occur, the upmost priority is to make sure that all employees are able to exit the building swiftly and safely. Fires can cause intense fear and stress in people that can in turn result in panicked behavior and accidents. This potential distress can be eased with an evacuation plan that directs employees to the nearest building exits in a controlled, calm manner. Additionally, having workers periodically review the evacuation plan, or practice a fire drill can help them feel prepared if a real fire ever occurs.

MANDATE FIRE SAFETY TRAINING

Set aside an hour a few times a year to educate all workers about fire safety and prevention. This safety training should include topics on the location of fire extinguishers and other fire equipment, evacuation routs to all exits, guidelines on how to properly use all fire protection devices, and general education about how fires can start and spread. Training will prepare employees with the information required to respond to a fire and remain calm in a crisis.

REQUIRE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO BE WORN BY EMPLOYEES WHO ARE AT RISK OF FIRE EXPOSURE

An additional fire safety tip that is too often ignored is requiring employees to wear protective clothing when working with machinery that generates sparks or extreme heat. Many times people will fail to wear protective gear because they think the job will be quick or are confident that they have completed similar jobs without accidents or harm. These however, are not good enough reasons to skip protective clothing when one spark could easily cause an individual’s clothing to catch fire or burn uncovered skin. When it comes to fire prevention, it is better to be safe than sorry and impose strict rules for employees to wear protective clothing for all work activities involving heat or sparks.

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KEEP ALL WORKSPACES, FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT CLEAN

When a workstation is cluttered with materials, paperwork or garbage, it poses an increased risk of fire. These materials can become fuel for an open flame. This is especially true when objects and paper are highly combustible or can easily catch on fire. All work areas should be kept neat, taking extra care around welding stations or other workspaces that produce sparks and flames. Providing and regularly emptying several waste baskets and recycling bins will help employees stay on top of garbage and paper disposal. All equipment that requires fuel, grease and lubrication should be kept clean as well to prevent potential fodder for open flames.

FOLLOW ALL OSHA FIRE CODES

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) codes are intended to safeguard facilities from fire hazards. Following the guidelines set by OSHA will fundamentally improve a facility’s overall fire safety. Companies should also follow all state or local fire safety laws for similar purposes. Complying with OSHA rules and regulations is an excellent way to promote fire safety in your manufacturing facility and warehouse, and it also will ensure you are not fined by an OSHA representative for non-compliance.

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