You are responsible for fire prevention at work for your safety and that of your co-workers. The best way to prevent workplace fires is to be aware of and on the lookout for potential fire hazards. Report hazardous situations to the supervisor. Know the location of fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment that is available to you. During an actual emergency, protect yourself. Do not get involved if it is not safe.

If you ever discover a fire, keep your cool but think fast and act with caution. Size it up fast; knowing when to attempt extinguishing the fire yourself and when to call for help is essential.

In case of fire, follow your company’s fire response procedures

The important thing is to know what to do and do it fast. The exact order to do the things depends on the established company procedures.

Sound the alarm and evacuate the area. Call the emergency numbers you’ve been given, and give the details about the fire (location, how it started etc.). Never hesitate to call the fire department, even if the fire seems minor and you manage to put it out before firefighters arrive. The quicker the alarm is sounded, the sooner firefighters can attempt to get it under control. Have someone meet the firefighters to tell where the fire is. They can lose valuable minutes if they have to find it themselves.

Distinguish before you extinguish.

Most fires start small, but they can rage out of control in a few minutes. It is important to know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to operate them properly.  Choose the correct extinguisher for the type of fire (paper/wood, grease/gas/flammable liquids, electrical). If you are not trained or authorized to use an extinguisher, don’t try. The time you waste in figuring out how to operate an extinguisher could mean the difference between minor damage and a major disaster.

You are responsible for preventing fires, but not to put out major fires. Fight the fire only if you can do it safely with proper extinguishing materials. In general, never battle the blaze unless the firefighters request your help.

Warn anyone in the area so they can get to safety. This is especially important with indoor fires. Most people die from smoke, poisonous gases, and as a result of panicking/not knowing what to do. If there is an escape plan, adapt it to the emergency and make sure to familiarize yourself with it.

Review your company’s fire safety procedures often so you’ll know what to do. Act with caution. Sound the alarm. Warn others in the area. Evacuate and stay back unless you’re asked to help. In case of fire, being informed and prepared can keep you and your coworkers safe from injury.

The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.