All industries will have a set of safety practices which are absolutely necessary for the firm. There are certain measures adopting which you can reduce destruction and increase the safety of the employees. When a sudden and unexpected fire outbreak occurs, Fire safety is one of the most important measures to take to prevent anything disastrous to the life of the company. Given below are some important details related to fire safety, the causes of fire outbreaks and how to prevent them.
To make it simpler to understand, by fire safety, what we mean is establishing a set of routine practices that will help to reduce the level of destruction in case a fire outbreak occurs. They should be planned at the onset of the business when you are constructing your industrial structure. And these instructions should be taught to the occupants of the building too.
Any threat to fire safety is a hazard to the building. So in addition to the fire safety measures, there should also be effective steps to avoid fire hazards in any fire safety implementation plan.
Before going into the elements that make the major components of a fire safety plan, let’s first see what causes fires commonly in industrial units.
Most often fire outbreaks are due to the following factors.
- Combustible dust
- Work involving high temperatures
- Faulty Equipment and machinery
- Easily inflammable liquids and gases
- Improperly supervised Electrical circuits
Fire safety implementation plan/fire protection system
Now that we have seen the major causes of fire, we are better equipped to deal with them. We need a plan to make sure that the implementation of the safety measures is in place.
A hazard analysis is necessary
At every critical point, make sure you have a system to analysis the hazards involved. If you detect even a minor hazard that could cause a fire at any stage of production, take immediate measures to eliminate that particular factor. Make a schedule to conduct the hazard analysis regularly.
Provide fire safety training
Employees need to know how to act in the time of a natural fire outbreak. Make them thoroughly aware of all the procedures and actions to be adopted in case of a fire actually breaking out.
Establish routine fire prevention and emergency procedures
Conducting mock fire drills is the best way to get your staff equipped with fire procedures. Making sure all your policies and safety measures are followed to the dot is necessary. There have to be no confusions while evacuation of the building takes place. Fire alarm systems can be installed at major points.
Get all the important documents and files backed up in a safe place away from the main office. Take measures to upload soft copies of all required registrations, licenses, databases and everything or anything that is essential to the running of your business. Do not leave anything to be at risk.
Develop systems to access your soft copies from remote places too. Train authorized people whom you can trust to have access to these documents. This will ensure a huge reduction in the backlog or back to the business time in case you do have to face a crisis situation.
Inspect regularly and maintain your equipment
Most of your equipment and machinery run 24 hrs a day. This is likely to cause wear and tear in the long run which in turn leads to sparks being ignited-One of the major causes of a fire explosion.
Regular inspections will help to identify maintenance issues and will largely decrease the chances of risks. Test all your fire safety systems too frequently. Do not think of this as a waste of time or expenditure. Compared to the losses you will have to bear if a real fire disaster occurs, the amount and hours spent for inspection as well as maintenance is worth it.A fire fighting system is surely an asset to any establishment.
The ultimate checklist in a Fire safety plan structure
- Important contact information
- List and location of Utility services (shut-off valves for water, gas, electric, fire extinguishers)
- Access issues (to prevent confusions while evacuation)
- Dangerous stored materials which cause further risk
- List and seats of people who have special needs
- All Connections to the sprinkler system
- Layout, drawing, as well as site plan of the entire building
- Fire evacuation passage
- Up to date Maintenance schedules for all life safety systems
- Employee training and fire drill procedure
- The safety zone where all should finally reach
Each industry differs in functionality, so implement your fire safety program accordingly. Once that is in place, you can be safe rather than sorry!