Office Fire Safety Tips You Can Use For Your Home

It’s a fact that your office is as at much risk for fire as your home is.

In 2013, there has been more than 3,000 reported incidents of fire involving office properties. Home related fire cases, on the other hand, reached 369, 500. The numbers greatly differ but the effects on lives and properties were both immeasurable.

Comparing these data, it can be safe to assume that offices are probably more equipped when it comes to fire prevention.  On such basis, here’s a quick list of office fire prevention tips you can use to keep your home safe from fire:

  • Avoid smoking.

Smoking is not only dangerous for your health, it’s also one of the main causes of fire. Careless smoking, as an example, has been frequently linked to both property and life losses. On such note, indoor smoking has been strongly discouraged for both your home and office.

To avoid such unfortunate events, you can follow these important fire safety tips:

  • Stay away from flammable materials when smoking. Avoid smoking near gas tanks or areas where most of your papers and boxes are kept.
  • Dispose cigarettes properly. There are instances that ashes and cigarette butts take too long to cool down.
  • Make sure that the contents of your ashtrays are cool enough before throwing them in your trash bins.
  • Clean up your place.

Good housekeeping is one way to minimize accidents and to remove potential hazards. It isn’t just about making your place clean but also in making sure everyone is safe.

  • You can put flammable materials in a safe and separate room from your paper, boxes and rags. These includes your cleaning materials, cans of paint and other household chemicals.
  • As much as possible, always de-clutter your office and home. Make sure that there are no unnecessary materials or equipments blocking alleys or possible fire exits.
  • If you have too many files, organize and store them in a steel cabinet.
  • You also have the option to create an online storage account where you can save and digitize all your records.
  • To avoid paper clutters, you can designate a special area where everyone can place their used and unwanted papers. You just have to keep in mind to create a fixed schedule for taking these papers out.
  • Good housekeeping is an on-going process and it needs to be maintained.
  • Check your equipments.

Equipments are prone to overheating, particularly if there isn’t enough ventilation. If your devices don’t have safety features such as the automatic shutdown when they get too hot, you can follow these tips:

  • Allow air to circulate in the room where your devices are.
  • Avoid piling up papers, newspapers or even books on top of these devices.
  • Check your equipments frequently if they are functioning well. This can guarantee both productivity and safety.
  • Keep in mind to double check your electrical outlets before leaving.
  • Check your wires.

Wires should be checked periodically as it is one of the most common causes of electrical fires.

  • Make sure that only qualified electricians perform the assessment on your cables.
  • Damaged cords should be replaced right away. Never postpone repairs for frayed wirings as these can immediately spark a fire.
  • You should also avoid overloading your extension cords.
  • If you are going to use a bigger appliance, make sure you’re using the right outlet or extension cord for it. Smaller cords may not be able to accommodate the big amount of electricity bigger equipments consume.
  • Install fire sprinklers.

Fire sprinklers can be your first line of defense in case a fire happens. These equipments are capable of responding effectively by controlling fire right where it begins. By being activated quickly at the first sign of fire, sprinklers can greatly save lives.

Here’s a few reason why a fire sprinkler system is very important:

  • Fire sprinklers can be activated even by a small amount of fire. They can get activated within 30-60 seconds which is faster than firefighters’ average response time.
  • Sprinklers use a minimum amount of water as possible to control the fire. They don’t load up your home with water like fire hoses do.
  • In cases of fire, sprinklers are activated individually and not the whole system. This simply means that if fire is detected in your living room, only the nearest sprinklers will get activated.
  • Heat is generally what causes your sprinklers to activate.
  • Be equipped with smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms are early warning devices that can alert everyone about a fire happening in your home or office- including those who are sleeping.

  • Keep in mind to check your smoke alarms monthly.
  • Each smoke alarm has a lifespan of ten years. Be sure to replace your device once it reaches this period.
  • Install your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s guide. Each system has its own way of getting installed and following the steps correctly will mean that you’ll get the most out of your smoke alarm.
  • If you want better response time in cases of emergencies, you can purchase a smoke alarm that comes with a professional monitoring service. They can directly contact the local authorities for you.
  • Make proper orientation and planning.
    • Make sure everyone knows where you fire extinguishers are placed or where emergency exits can be found. You also have to keep in mind to have these fire extinguishers checked according to standards.
    • Fire drills can also be conducted in your office at least once every year. This helps ensure that all your employees know what they should do in case of fire.
    • As for your home, it would be best if you can sit down and plan with your family. Teach your kids what they should do and have them act it out for better retention. You should also make them aware of the emergency contact numbers in your area.

On top of this list, vigilance is still your best protection against fire, whether you’re in the office or your home. By taking safety precautions, you’ll not only be able to save your valuables but precious lives as well. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t you think it’s about time you start taking proper action?