Common Causes of Fire in the Workplace
Businesses and organizations can take a number of steps to reduce the consequences of a fire. However, the best fire defense is to prevent one from igniting in the first place. Fires are often devastating events that pose great threat to human life, along with damage to property. If proper steps are taken, these disasters can be avoided. Many types of fires in the workplace are preventable if proper precautions are taken and training is given to employees. At Getz Fire Equipment Co., we offer a wide range of fire protection solutions for your workplace.
The most common reason for the start of many fires is human error. Successful fire prevention often depends on proper planning, preparation of personnel, and the maintenance and servicing of fire equipment. Employees must be given proper knowledge and training in the correct use of fire extinguishers and other fire prevention devices, such as smoke detectors and a fire alarms system. If human error is involved – such as improperly using a fire suppression device– the consequences can be serious or even tragic.
Flammable and Combustible Materials
Some businesses are commonly involved with flammable and combustible materials, such as chemicals. If these materials are handled improperly, the risk of fire is elevated. For instance, vapors from spilled flammable liquid pose a great danger to human life and property if they ignite.
A large percentage of fires are ignited due to faulty handling of electrical equipment or a wiring malfunction. The failure to establish an electrical safety program in the workplace can lead to human error in the handling of electrical equipment, leading to a fire.
Preventing arson involves taking steps to deter opportunities for those with intention to commit the crime. Often, arsonists choose to start fires in hidden or secluded locations. A prevention program may involve moving visual obstructions to portions of a building or property, enhancing surveillance by adding light to certain areas. Additionally, relocating certain targets of arsonists such as dumpsters to more visible areas can help.
Another common reason fires occur in the workplace is negligence. Somewhat different from human error, negligence happens when an employee fails to follow procedures established in the workplace for safety etc. and instead knowingly or unknowingly performs or fails to perform an activity that causes a potential fire hazard.