Fire Safety Procedures For The Workplace

A fire in the workplace can be one of the most devastating hazards for not only the workers but the public as well. It can result in numerous serious injuries or even fatalities in addition to the extensive property damage. So fire safety is pretty important. Be sure to familiarize yourself and your co-workers with your company’s fire procedure. If procedures are being ignored or are unclear, check out our blog on site audits. Here we’re going to explore some key universal safety procedures and tips for fire safety at your workplace.

Basic fire safety you must know for every worksite:

  • Know the location of the fire extinguishers in the workplace. You should be aware where the nearest extinguisher is at all times.
  • Know where your nearest emergency exits are.
  • Know the difference between alarm signals to quickly recognize the situation.

If you discover a fire:

  • Alert all other individuals within the workplace by activating the nearest fire alarm, shouting clearly or by using other procedures set in place by your company.
  • Use the nearest exit to evacuate the workplace.
  • Use a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Be careful while doing this and do not attempt if yours or others safety is at risk or on large fires.

During evacuation of a worksite:

  • Stay calm and evacuate the building immediately when you hear the fire alarm. For more check out our blog on evacuation checklists and procedures. 
  • Along the escape route, close (don’t lock) all the doors and windows you pass by so that you can cut the fire and the smoke off from spreading to the other rooms.
  • Go to the assembly point and alert your relevant supervisors that you are safe and outside the building.
  • Adhere to any protocols put in place by your company

A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. A workplace assessment for fire safety should be done for every new site or when your current site undergoes changes and all fire extinguishers should be routinely inspected.

A safe work place is crucial and ensuring that you have the right safety procedures and policies for things such as working at heights, first aid CPR, confined space entry, as well as things like WHMIS-GHS can create a great work environment that is safe and productive. Since Advanced Consulting and Training Ltd.’s founding, their diverse team of certified health and safety professionals have taken great pride in their ability to deliver prompt, cost-effective and relevant workplace health and safety solutions. As a MOL approved, TSSA accredited, and WSIB approved provider, we look forward to discussing how ACT can help with your company’s safety requirements. Contact us today!