Fire Extinguisher Safety in the Workplace & Home

Fire Safety Plans are one of the most important ways to ensure the safety of the home or workplace. Every home should have at least one. The best spot for a fire extinguisher would be in the kitchen or garage, this is where most fires occur. Getting a fire extinguisher is the first and most important step for preventing a fire from spreading out of control. Other precautions to take would be installing smoke alarms on every floor of your home and make sure to check the smoke alarms every month. Creating an escape plan with your family is also very important. Practice the plan as well to make sure all family members know what to do in case of a fire. Lastly, don’t forget to have a fire extinguisher stored in an easily accessible area and all family members are aware of its location.

There are legal rules governing Fire Safety in the workplace. There must have smoke detectors in the workplace. You will need an escape plan and make sure employees know what the procedure is to follow in the case of a fire. There are legal requirements for fire extinguishers and the maintenance of them. The number of extinguishers depends on the square footage of the office. One of most important places is in the kitchen area or break room where the microwave, hot pot, toaster and coffee machine may be located. This is usually the source of where a potential fire could start in the workplace. Have the location of the fire extinguisher easily visible as well as easy to retrieve.

No matter where the location, workplace or home, make sure to take fire safety seriously. Make sure you examine the extinguisher for physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle annually. Following these simple precautions can save a life.