Fire Safety for Workers ENGOn February 15, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
FIRE SAFETY FOR WORKERS One of the most devastating incidents we might encounter in our factories is “fire”. Fire can result in you losing your job because the factory is burnt down, potentially causing serious injuries and possibly causing death. Everyone can be safe if we all become aware and watch out for each other. AWARE & READY You should know what can burn when exposed to ignition sources: fabric, wood, paper, boxes, plastic, chemicals, propane gas tanks, gasoline, oil, … Ignition sources like cigarettes, matches, electricity, heat, the sun, chemicals… can combust when combined or exposed to the air we breathe. Be aware and be careful around fire safety equipment and protect them from getting blocked. Know exactly where the closest emergency exit is and make sure your escape route isn’t blocked by anything. Participate in fire drills in the factory frequently. Even though you might “know” in your head how to evacuate, if you don’t practice, you might panic and can’t remember what to do. ACTION On discovering a fire: switch on the nearest fire alarm, call emergencies and extinguish the fire, if you are trained and safe to do so. On hearing the alarm: evacuate the building by the closest emergency exit, check in when you’re safely out and gathered in designated location. DO NOT USE lifts/elevators for 2 reasons: Electricity is shut down during the fire, you will get stuck and have no way to escape; Lift/elevator shafts tend to become a tunnel for smoke and rising flames. DO NOT RUN, move briskly because you might trip and fall down. DO NOT BE SIDETRACKED by gathering your personal belongings during evacuation, fire and smoke travel extremely fast, you might miss your opportunity to escape. If there’s any smoke, crouch low and follow the evacuation route. Smoke rises towards the ceiling, and inhaling smoke can cause serious damage to your lungs and even cause death. DO NOT RETURN to the workplace for any reasons unless there’s an official information announced by the fire authority. You and everyone you work with will be best prepared for fire incidents in the workplace if you follow these instructions.