Basic Fire Prevention
|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.
- Keep work areas free of dust and lint; put waste in proper containers.
- Keep combustible materials (e.g., paper) away from heat and machines.
- 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.