OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY MONTH

Fire Safety
GOOD NEWS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY

Even though there are 70-80,000 workplace fires in the U.S. annually, only 15% result from a catastrophic failure of equipment. Meaning, 85% of fires are caused by factors related to human behavior and are totally preventable with the proper pro-active fire prevention plan in place.

Common Fire Hazards And Their Control:

  • Heating Equipment - Improperly installed, operated or maintained furnaces and other heating equipment can lead to a fire:
          *Equipment should be installed and serviced annually by a licensed technician.
          *Combustible material should never be kept in furnace rooms.
          *Temporary heating units should not generally be used in public buildings.
  • Electrical - Misused, damaged, improperly maintained or overloaded electrical equipment is a common cause of fire:
          *Extension cords should only be used for temporary power to equipment that is being used by someone "now."
          *Cords should never be left coiled up while plugged in. Inductive heating can be caused resulting in insulation damage.
          *Circuit breakers should be turned off and on every six months to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Mechanical Friction - Equipment that is not properly maintained or cleaned can lead to fires:
          *Bearings on ventilation equipment and conveyors should be kept properly aligned and lubricated.
          *Loaders and forklifts should be kept cleaned and free of combustible material.
  • Proximity Hazards - Hazards outside of buildings can expose them to the risk of fire:
           *Fuel tanks near buildings should be installed in accordance with current codes and protected from vehicle collisions by a barricade.
          *Dumpsters should be located at least 30 feet from buildings.
          *Weeds/brush/grass should be mowed and kept back at least 30 feet from building.
Despite all the precautions, fires do happen so be prepared. Remember the Fire Defense Triad:
 1. Detection/Notification - Discovering the fire and alerting fire department
 2. Emergency Egress - Well-marked safe ways to leave the building
 3. Incipient Suppression - Sprinkler systems, fire hoses and portable extinguishers
Professional Safety Training Services, Inc. conducts Fire Safety Training on a daily basis throughout the year and is available to present Safety Seminars and Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Exercises at the Cal-Tech Learning Center or a company’s facility.

Families that would like to learn how to properly use fire extinguishers and how to prevent fires in their homes are also welcome to schedule and attend Fire Safety Seminars at the Cal-Tech Learning Center. One should not have to wait each year until the Annual Fire Safety & Prevention Month of October to be trained.  Fire Safety Training should be constantly on a person’s agenda and practiced on a regular basis. Please remember; ”An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!”

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