Fire Protection is an organized approach designed to prevent fires. In the event of a fire, a fire protection program will help prevent or minimize personal injuries, losses, and harm to the environment. This guideline is designed to help you develop a fire protection program, or to identify areas in your existing program that may need improvement. The basic elements of a fire protection program are discussed below.
The first thing you can do to protect your employees, your property and the environment from a fire is to do a workplace assessment. You will be evaluating your workplace for:
Next, collect an inventory of all the hazardous materials used in your workplace; this will prove useful in developing your fire prevention plan. Follow this up with a walk-through assessment of your workplace. Your inspection should answer questions such as:
Are all sources of ignition identified?
Is all wiring properly installed and of approved construction, without extensions or temporary wiring?
Are ventilation systems implemented and working properly?
Is garbage removed daily or more frequently?
Are aisles and floors free of oil and other flammable spills?