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safety rules are so commonplace that we may become indifferent toward them. This
lack of personal interest is responsible for many fires and on-the-job
us review the leading causes of workplace fires. Number one on the list is
electrical failures or misuse of electrical equipment. Next, listed in order,
are friction, foreign substances, open flames, and then smoking and matches.
can we as employees do to combat these hazards? First, of all, we can comply
with regulations—obey “No Smoking” signs, dispose of cigarettes and
matches by placing them in the proper receptacles, and make sure they are
extinguished. We should watch for frayed electrical cords and overloaded
circuits and dispose of flammable wastes and scrap by placing them in metal
important point to remember is to store combustibles in a safe area. Combustible
materials and fumes from paint, solvents, and other flammables are responsible
for many fires both in the home and at work. Fumes can reach out a considerable
distance and become ignited by a torch, electrical equipment, or even a lit
you should ever have occasion to dispose of flammable liquids, do not pour them
down the drain. A proper method of disposal will be provided. If you should have
to burn waste paper, make sure it does not contain explosive materials, such as
aerosol cans or paint cans.
should all be familiar with the location and operation of fire fighting
equipment. Know where fire extinguishers are located and what types of fires
they are to be used on.
maintenance procedures are also important to fire safety. If you use electrical
equipment or tools, inspect them regularly to make sure they are working
correctly. Keep mechanical equipment properly lubricated to avoid excessive
Keep spark arrestors on exhausts.
your job is maintenance, some of these things may not concern you directly.
However, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep their eyes open for safety
hazards and to eliminate them or report them to Supervisors.
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