Are Your Employees Trained in Fire Prevention?

October 14, 2013 by  
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October 6 to 12 is National Fire Prevention Week, which makes this a good time for initial or refresher training on fire prevention in your workplace.
Fire Results from Combining Fuel, Oxygen, and Heat
1. Fuel: Paper, wood, flammable substances such as gasoline
2. Oxygen: A gas present in the air
3. Heat or Ignition Source: Flame, electricity, friction, spark, chemical reaction
To prevent fires, keep fuel, oxygen, and heat from coming together.
Practice Good Housekeeping to Keep Fuels Away from Heat
• Dispose of waste promptly and properly.
• Keep work areas free of dust and lint.
• Keep combustible materials away from lights and machinery.
Identify and Take Precautions with Flammable Substances
Flammable vapors can spread and catch fire quickly.
• Check labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) to identify flammable substances. Follow handling and storage precautions to prevent spills and vapor releases.
• Clean up flammable spills and leaks immediately.
• Remove clothing that has absorbed flammable liquids immediately.
• Substitute nonflammable materials for tasks when possible.
• Keep flammable liquids in approved, airtight metal containers that are closed when not in use.
• Ground containers during liquid transfer so you don’t create static electricity.
• Use flammable liquids only in well-ventilated areas, away from heat, fire, etc.
• Do not place near heat or cut a container that previously contained a flammable liquid, unless it’s been tested and approved for such use.
Handle Oxygen Cylinders Carefully
Specifically, don’t handle with oily hands or gloves or store near combustible materials.

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