Whether you live in a rural area or a suburban community, your home and property can be a wildfire hazard. Taking simple steps to make your house more fire resistant will help reduce the likelihood of having to flee your home.
Electrical Equipment & Machinery
If your business is surrounded by electrical equipment and machinery, it could be a fire hazard. You must ensure that they are well maintained and PAT tested regularly, otherwise they could overheat and cause a fire in your premises. It is important that you and your employees are aware of the hazards posed by certain types of machinery. By following the manufacturer’s maintenance procedures and educating your employees about the risks, you can prevent most fires from occurring.
Blockages Or Obstructions Of Fire Exits
Fire exits and escape routes must be free of obstructions to allow people to move quickly in case of an emergency. They also need to be properly lit. Blockages can be caused by objects in the building such as unattended packages, workstations, trash, and boxes and containers. It is also common for employees to store things in front of exits, sprinkler heads and electrical panels which can impede access. This is an important safety issue for both facility managers and employees as blocked or obstructed fire escapes can cause delays, panic, confusion and potentially fatal accidents.
Flammable Liquids & Vapors
Flammable liquids can be a major safety hazard in a wide variety of industries, especially in laboratories and manufacturing machine shops. Common flammable substances include gasoline, paint thinners, solvents, cleaning fluids and adhesives. In order for a flammable liquid to catch fire, three ingredients are needed: fuel (vapor), air and an ignition source. This could be a spark, flame or hot surface. A mixture of flammable vapor and air is most dangerous when the concentration is too high. Specifically, the concentration should be within the lower and upper explosive limits. For flammable liquids, this means that they should never be used near electrical equipment or anywhere that would generate a spark. In addition, flammable liquids should be stored in approved portable containers. These can have a spring-closing lid and spout cover to prevent rupture or explosion in the event of fire.
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