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Workplace Fire Safety Solutions

Workplace Fire Safety Solutions

  • It is the legal responsibility of building owners to implement fire safety precautions in their building / facility, including executing fire evacuation procedures.
  • So, here are some fire safety tips for your workplace (in case of fire, immediately call 111):

Eliminate workplace fire hazards:

  • Damaged electrical outlets, cords, cables, etc. – repair or remove these upon detection – faulty electrics can spark a fire quickly.
  • Overloaded outlets and circuits
  • Combustible objects in unsecured locations (included excessive trash and recycling)—keep these far from electrical equipment.
  • Keep fire exits free from obstacles.
  • Keep workspace and equipment clean, (particularly in commercial applications) dry, and well-ventilated, and especially clean of unnecessary oil and dust.

Prepare for emergencies (prepare for the worst – fire!):

  • Ensure your passive fire protection systems are regularly maintained and inspected, and if required repaired to match your Compliance Schedule.
  • Follow workspace protocol and parameters to ensure health and safety measures are reached; know and understand systems and procedures concerning fire emergencies in your place of work.
  • Ensure that smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are installed, working properly, including changing the battery, and are not blocked.
  • Conduct regular fire drills to not only rehearse for the worst, but to train potential new employees in your building / business.

Employers should follow these workplace fire safety tips:

  • Make sure your fire evacuation plan is visible to all occupants of your building.
  • Implement effective fire evacuation management systems, fire safety inspectors and maintain your Compliance Schedule.
  • Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
  • Educate all employees on emergency procedures, exit locations, escape routes, fire alarms and drills, and the use of fire extinguishers.
  • Conduct regular drills.
  • Install and properly maintain all fire safety equipment and passive fire protection systems.
  • Provide for disabled employees – such elements include ramps and visual fire alarms.

Tips for Hazardous Electrics & Equipment.

  • Use only electrical products evaluated and certified for use in your workplace conditions.
  • Immediately replace damaged, hazardous and faulty equipment:
    • Be aware of anything that appears overheated, smells funny, or delivers an electrical shock.
    • Replace all damaged, worn, frayed, or old wires, cables and any electrical systems that are visible through their protective coatings.
  • Don’t overload power cables with more than they can handle; use surge protection power boards, and keep power cables away from harmful elements, such as water.
  • Equipment that emanates substantial heat should situate away from combustible surfaces and objects, such as heaters and air cooling units.

Seek Active Fire Protection – smoke alarms.

  • Invest in smoke detectors for every part of your facility; room or office.
    • Install dual sensor smoke alarms; make sure they contain both ionisation and photoelectric smoke sensors to detect small lingering fires and smoke.
  • Test your smoke detectors (and sprinkling system if installed) once a month.
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year (possible exception: non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries; still, be sure to test them); many manufacturers also encourage a replacement of the smoke detectors after a decade.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm – they could save you lawsuits and more importantly, occupant lives.
  • Consider smoke alarms for the disabled.
    • Audible alarms (pauses between the siren wail allow for auditory communication) are available for the visually impaired; visual alarms (with a flashing light or vibrating pad) are available for the hearing impaired.
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0800 727 723
PO Box 21563, Henderson
Auckland 0612

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