It is of the utmost importance to be aware of conditions that may cause a fire emergency and thereby endanger the safety of occupants in the workplace. The major causes of fire in the workplace include overloaded electrical outlets and extension cords, misuse of space heaters, mishandling of flammables, improper storage of combustibles, and improper disposal of smoking materials on campus grounds. Implementing fire prevention measures is the key in an attempt to insure one’s personal safety and the safety of others.
The most important thing to remember is that fire occurs when three things come together at the same time: fuel, oxygen, and an ignition source. The primary method to prevent fires is to keep these elements apart as much as possible.
Prevention Measures You Can Take
- Make certain that a copy of emergency procedures are posted in a conspicuous location in each work area.
- Have an understanding and knowledge of the contents of the Unit Emergency Response Procedure
- Regularly observe emergency evacuation routes, fire extinguishers and emergency and exit lights. Immediately report any missing equipment or any other problems discovered to EHS.
- Regularly observe corridors and stairwells, and keep them clear of obstructions.
- Regularly observe all exits to keep them clear of obstructions AT ALL TIMES.
- Report any tampering with the fire alarm, smoke detection and suppression systems to EH&S.
- Regularly observe fire doors to make certain they are closed at all times; report inoperable doors
- Forbid the use of candles or any other open-flame devices for any purpose in university buildings.
- Respect the "No Smoking" policy in all facilities.
- Enforce all safety regulations. If there are questions, contact EHS.
For more information see Idaho Fire Code