Fire Protection

What is fire protection?

For this meeting, we will define “fire protection” as a protective measure used by employers to prevent fires from destroying property and injuring people. Fire protection is important because approximately 3% of all workplace fatalities that occurred between the years of 1992 and 2007 were a result of fires or explosions.

What types of conditions and behaviors can lead to injury or death by fire or explosion?

1. Defective fire extinguishers present on permanent and temporary sites
2. Obstructed isles, passageways and exits
3. Lack of emergency lighting inside permanent or temporary buildings
4. Alternative exits not known to building occupants
5. Improper storage or handling of combustible materials
6. Filling gasoline powered vehicles while engine is running
7. Smoking in areas where flammable or combustible materials are present

What are some things you can do to help yourself and others avoid fire or explosion related incidents?

1. Check fire extinguishers regularly and report defective or expired equipment to the next person in your chain of command
2. Do not obstruct isles, passageways, and exits
3. Be proactive by clearing isle, passageway and exit obstructions
4. Report fire or explosion hazards to the next person in your chain of command
5. Mentally notate where emergency exits are located
6. Avoid smoking in or near areas where flammables and combustibles may be present
7. Ensure gasoline engines are not running prior to fueling

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