Though some industries are certainly more at risk than others, fires are a real threat to just about any kind of workplace, from offices to restaurants to manufacturing facilities. If one does break out and it’s not handled properly, a fire can destroy nearly everything in its path, including property, buildings, and even people.
This is why it’s so important to train your employees in fire prevention, as the best way to deal with a fire is to keep it from happening in the first place. If you want to keep your workplace from dealing with the serious consequences of a fire, then check out the following tips on how to teach your employees about fire prevention.
Fires need a combination of three things to ignite:
In order to help prevent a fire, teach your employees to look out for situations where there is the possibility that all of these components will mix together, especially the heat and the fuel. If they can’t immediately separate these elements, then at least they will be more vigilant and therefore prepared for dealing with any of the first signs of a fire.
After your employees have learned how to identify fire hazards, they can then participate in a fire safety risk assessment at the workplace. This type of evaluation looks at the following:
Once a thorough fire safety risk assessment has been completed in the workplace, you and your employees will be able to identify any weaknesses in your plans and make the necessary improvements.
While identifying fire hazards and participating in a fire risk assessment are some of the best ways of preventing workplace fires, there are also smaller things that your employees can do nearly every day to help push your risk down even further.