Keeping Your Facility Safe

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This 16-point checklist will help you find ways to better safeguard your facility from the threat of a fire and help ensure the safety and security of your property and personnel.

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Keeping Your Facility Safe

  1. 1. By Eric Flora
  2. 2. This 16-point checklist will help you find ways to bettersafeguard your facility from the threat of a fire and helpensure the safety and security of your property andpersonnel.
  3. 3. Make sure your fire sprinkler system is regularlyinspected.Just like a smoke alarm with a dead battery, its hard toknow if your fire sprinkler system or fire suppression systemis working without a "look under the hood."Is your fire sprinkler or suppression system being inspected on aconsistent basis in accordance with your insurance companysrequirements?
  4. 4. Make sure you are storing items in accordancewith the fire code.Fire code regulations may be related to how you are storing,where its being stored and how its being stored.Are your stored items being stored in accordance with the firecode?
  5. 5. Be sure your fire extinguishers are beinginspected annually and serviced every six years.Extinguishers can lose pressure, corrode and leak. Andthose kinds of issues can lessen their impact when you needthem most.Are your fire extinguishers being inspected on a consistent basisin accordance with your insurance companys requirements?
  6. 6. Make sure your employees know what isallowed when it comes to smoking.Smoking in the workplace is a definite fire hazard, so besure your employees know what is allowed and what isnt.Do you have smoking regulations established with signsposted, where applicable?
  7. 7. Store flammables away from combustibles.Diethyl ether, ethylene oxide, some light crude oils,lacquers, lacquer thinners and some paints are flammable.Such materials have special storage needs and should belocated away from combustible liquids such as cooking oils,lubricating oils and motor oil.Are you safely storing flammables away from combustibles?
  8. 8. Regularly dispose of flammable solid waste.Avoid explosions or fires by regularly removing solid wastefrom your facility and disposing of waste in proper trashcontainers between removals.Is trash or rubbish being removed from your facility on a regularbasis?
  9. 9. Keep your electrical outlets and cords in goodrepair.When a circuit breaker trips, you know that a safety issue isat hand. Outlets arent always so telling. Unsafe outlets andcords can start fires, especially when they are overworkedand damaged.Are all of your electrical plugs, switches and cords in good repairand in safe places?
  10. 10. Make sure any heat-producing appliances arebeing used safely.Space heaters should be kept away from curtains and papers.Coffee makers and other kitchen items should be unplugged whennot in use. Be sure larger producers of heat are wellventilated, and that those ventilation systems are clear to do theirjobs.Are the heat-producing appliances in your facility being usedsafely?
  11. 11. Keep your facilities clean and neat.Stacks of old papers, piles of cardboard and leaks fromequipment can be fire hazards. If a fire does start and youneed to escape, you want to be sure that doorways,stairwells and corridors arent obstructed.Is your facility clean and neat?
  12. 12. Have a fire escape plan in place andcommunicate it.Be sure you have a fire escape plan and that everyone inyour building knows what it is and how to follow it. It shouldbe plainly marked and posted.Do you have an escape plan and is it common knowledge?
  13. 13. Be sure your fire alarm works.If your fire alarm isn’t in proper working order, it’s not goingto work in case of a fire. With a test button on mostmodels, checking the batteries is simple.Is your smoke alarm in good working order?
  14. 14. Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible.When a fire is small, a portable fire extinguisher can be veryuseful in extinguishing flames or keeping them fromspreading.Do you have a fire extinguisher that is mounted, accessible andvisible?
  15. 15. Keep fire hydrants clear.Fire hydrants and connections should be highly visible andeasy for your local fire department to find and use.Is the area around your hydrant free from debris and vegetation?
  16. 16. Make sure your electrical control box isaccessible.The fuses in your electrical control box should belabeled, and access to them should be easy. If a firefighterneeds to turn off power at your facility because of a fire, besure its easy to do.Is your electrical control box labeled and accessible?
  17. 17. Keep fire inspection records organized and easyto access.It is very important to keep your fire inspection recordshandy so that you can easily produce them if they arerequested.Are your records easily accessible?
  18. 18. Make sure your dumpster is located in a safeplace.If dumpsters are located too close to a combustiblewall, roof overhang, window or door, a fire inside of themcan spread to a building.Is your dumpster located in a safe place?
  19. 19. Thank you for reading our 16-point checklist.To get your personalized fire safety evaluation visit theinteractive 16-point Fire Inspection Checklist atBrennecofp.com.

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