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Basic Fire Prevention
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Basic Fire Prevention
 
Workplaces present many opportunities for fuel, oxygen, heat, and ignition sources to come together and cause fire. Hazard awareness and the proper precautions can prevent it.

In case of fire – keep fire alarms, exits, aisles, and sprinklers clear!

Components That Cause Fire
  • Fuel: Paper, wood, and flammable substances such as gasoline.
  • Oxygen: A gas present in the air.
  • Heat or Ignition Source: Flame, electricity, friction, spark, or chemical reaction. 
Housekeeping
  • Keep work areas free of dust and lint; put waste in proper containers.
  • Keep combustible materials (e.g., paper) away from heat and machines.
Flammable Liquids
  • Follow label and MSDS handling and storage precautions.
  • Clean up spills and leaks immediately.
  • Use nonflammable substitutes whenever possible for cleaning and other tasks.
  • Ground containers during transfers.
  • Use only in well-ventilated areas, away from heat sources.
Fuel and Ignition Sources
  • Use space heaters only in well-ventilated areas where they can’t fall over.
  • Perform welding and cutting in protected areas.
  • Use chemical labels and MSDS information to keep incompatible substances away from each other.