Workplace Fire Safety

Help Prevent Fires

  • Don't stack papers on top of computer monitors or heat-producing equipment.
  • Don't pinch extension cords under furniture.
  • Don't plug extension cords into each other.
  • Report and replace frayed electrical cords.
  • Unplug coffee makers and other appliances when you leave.
  • Smoke only in designated areas, and use the ashtrays.
  • Keep stairways and exits clear of trash, cleaning supplies, and other combustibles.
  • Report blocked exits as well as problems with alarms, sprinklers, and emergency lighting.

Be Prepared For a Fire Emergency

  • Read your building's evacuation plan.
  • Count the doors or desks between your work area and the nearest exits.
  • Know at least two ways out of your work area and participate in regular fire drills.
  • Know where the fire alarms are located and learn how to use them.
  • Employers should train all employees in evacuation procedures, conduct regular fire drills and include disabled employees in emergency planning.

High-Rise Evacuation

If you work in a high-rise building, you may be asked to stay inside, away from the fire, and wait to be rescued. You may be asked to go to a central safe area.

  • Learn your building's fire emergency plan and follow it unless doing so puts you in danger.
  • Follow instructions given over your building's public-address system.
  • If there is no fire in your area, go to your building's safe area or close all fire doors and stay put.
  • If there is fire or smoke in your area, go to a lower floor and wait, or leave the building.
    Use the stairs.
  • If you have a portable phone, keep it with you. Call the fire department if you are trapped.

Fight Arson

Employers: Provide adequate lighting and security from intruders and encourage employees to report any suspicious activity.

Employees: Keep your workplace secure.
Lock doors after hours and remove clutter from public areas.

Never Ignore a Fire Alarm

If Fire Strikes

  • Sound the alarm - even for small fires.

  • Leave immediately and close doors behind you.

  • If you encounter smoke, try another escape route.

  • If you have to escape through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees keeping your head one to two feet above the floor, where the air will be cleanest.

  • Test the doorknob and spaces around the door with the back of your hand.
    If the door is warm, try another escape route.
    If it is cool, open it slowly.
    Close it quickly if smoke pours through.

  • Always use stairs - never use elevators, unless directed by the fire department.

  • Once you are out, tell the fire department if anyone is trapped in the building.

  • Do Not go back inside.

For questions about fire safety contact one of our
Fire Prevention Inspectors at 574-3731