How Safe is Your Workplace?

Workplace safety: It's everyone's responsibility.

Have you ever wondered about the safety of your workplace? Chances are that you do not think about it, but instead just assume that your employer has taken the necessary precautions. But, it is truly something you should take seriously. If your place of employment were to have a fire, it is crucial that you know what to do to save yourself and your coworkers. Here is some important information about recognizing fire hazards, preventing fires and maintaining a safe workplace.

Possible Hazards

Blocked Exit = Fire Hazard | County FireEvery workplace and every industry has the potential for different hazards. But, regardless of what type of workplace you are in, there are some risks that could result in a dangerous situation. Here are some possible hazards you should look for the next time you head into your workplace:

  • Combustible materials stored out in the open.
  • Poorly maintained or overloaded electrical circuits.
  • Poor housekeeping.
  • Carelessly left objects causing potential fall hazards.

Recognizing Hazards

It is impossible to know how to look for fire hazards in the workplace if you do not know how to recognize them. Here are some great tips on recognizing a fire hazard in your workplace and how to prevent them:

  • Flammable Cabinets | County-FireKeep heat-producing equipment like copiers away from vulnerable materials.
  • Make sure all cords are in good working condition.
  • Do not overload power circuits.
  • Store flammable liquids in safe places (like approved "flammable cabinets.")
  • Emergency exits should always be cleared and easy to access from any angle.
  • Fire extinguishers should be current and inspected regularly.
  • Only allow smoking in designated areas.
  • Install smoke alarms/ smoke detectors on every floor.
  • Keep emergency numbers available in easy-to-access places (Police / EMS / Fire) .

Keeping the Workplace Safe

Recognizing potential fire hazards is not enough to guarantee your safety. Whether you are an owner, manager or employee, you can take steps to make sure your work environment is safe and free from fire hazards.

  • Fire Extinguisher with Tag | County Fire ProtectionMake sure the building is equipped with fire alarms or other warning systems.
  • Have fire-fighting equipment on-hand. Each type of business has different needs, make sure what you have works for your work environment hazards.
  • Conduct regular tests to ensure:
    • Fire alarms are working and communicating with the fire department
    • Fire extinguishers have been inspected within the last 12 months
    • Emergency lighting is working and battery back up as well
    • Escape routes and fire escapes can be accessed and opened easily
    • Fire doors work properly
    • Fire exit signs are installed and illuminated.

Fire safety in the workplace is a serious matter that should be addressed by everyone. If you have questions about how you can improve the fire safety of your workplace, please contact County-Fire Protection today. We offer full-service fire protection services in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Don’t wait. Call before it’s too late.


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