Keeping your workplace free of the hazards of fire can be easily accomplished if you understand the primary causes of workplace fires, and keep your space orderly and follow a few simple guidelines. 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.
Fuel can be anything capable of burning. This can include items as varied as paper, cloth, flammable fluids, paints, gasoline, wood, plastic and even some metals. Oxygen is in the air, and is always available. Ignition sources include anything that contains an open flame, or has a potential to create a spark, or any surface hot enough to ignite nearby flammables.
The primary method to prevent fires is to keep these elements apart as much as possible. Paying particular attention to the following issues will help keep your area safer from fire.