As we know all too well, fires can happen anywhere at anytime. For this reason, it’s crucial to be prepared no matter where you are. For many adults, most of the day is spent at work. Office environments are especially at risk for fires, given the amount of flammable materials and electronics that can typically be found there.

If a fire broke out in your office, would you know what to do? Here’s a list of workplace fire safety tips.

  • Make sure your emergency action plan is regularly updated and that all employees know what to do in case of an emergency. This includes having a predetermined escape route and meeting place outside the building.Make sure exits are clearly marked and doors are unobstructed at all times.
  • Keep office equipment (like printers and fax machines) regularly serviced and repaired. This will prevent overheating/malfunctions that can lead to a potential fire.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or use wires that appear to be damaged or frayed.
  • Keep all equipment that isn’t being used unplugged. Designate one person in the office to unplug all appliances at the end of each work day.
  • If your office has a kitchen, make sure employees are trained in kitchen fire safety and that cooking supplies are never left unattended.
  • For small fires, appropriate fire extinguishers should be available and employees need to be trained on how to use them properly. Fire extinguishers should only be used for smaller, contained fires that don’t pose an immediate threat.
  • As always, make sure your office is equipped with life-saving fire sprinklers–that can put out a fire in a matter of minutes and prevent injuries.

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