8 Tips on Fire Prevention at Work

Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility! These are 8 tips on reducing the risks of fire in the workplace:

#1 Avoid overloading of Electrical Points 

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In order to increase the number of appliances that we can use at the same time, most of us prefer to use  extension socket or multi-plug adapter.  However, this does not mean it is always safe to do so.

  •  Always check the current rating of the extension socket before plugging in any appliances into it. Most of the extension sockets are rated at 13 A (3000W) but some are rated at only 10 A (2250W) or less.
  • Never plug an extension socket/multi purpose adapter into another extension socket. Make sure only use one socket extension lead per socket.
  • To reduce the risk of the wall socket catching fire, use an extension socket rather than a multi-plug adapter.

#2 Do not use damaged electrical equipment or equipment with frayed wiring 

Leaving electrical equipment ‘s cord frayed and the wire exposed will cause spikes or poor power flow, that lead to heat damages to electrical equipment. The chance of combustion happening is high which can create fires that threaten the entire office or building.  

  • Always check your electrical appliance’s wire before use, especially if they are old.
  • Always check your cords regularly and replace any frayed or damaged cords immediately.
  • Do not try to repair or touch it yourself if the power point switch is cracked or broken, contact an electrician instead.

#3 Dispose of lighted cigarette butts carefully 

According to Singapore Civil Defense Force, careless disposal of lighted materials such as cigarette butts, embers from charcoal and lighted incense sticks are the top cause of fires in Singapore in the first half of 2017.

  • Remember to properly dispose of all smoking materials.
  • Do not discard cigarettes on the floor or in potted plants.
  • Use ashtrays that will not catch fire.
  • Wet cigarette butts down before throwing them out.

#4 Do not block evacuation routes and fire fighting equipment 

This is to ensure that everyone can exit or put out the fire effectively.

  • Do not place furniture, equipment, cabinets, boxes, or other materials that block the routes.
  • Familiarise with the various evacuation routes, in case the evacuation routes that you choose is blocked.

#5 Do not overheat electrical equipment 

Poor air circulation to the electrical equipment can cause machine to overheat.

  • Always clean the dust, remove items that being placed on or blocking the fans and vents of electrical equipment.  
  • Turn off electrical equipment overnight to reduce overheat.

#6 Store flammable substances properly 

It is very important to store flammable substances safely to reduce the risk of fires breaking out at your work place.

  • Keep storage areas cool and dry
  • Keep storage areas free of flammable sources
  • Store flammable substances in proper areas such as storage rooms and cabinets.

#7 Avoid hot works carried out in unsafe areas 

Hot work is a place that carries out activities by using gas or heavy powered equipment which produces flames, sparks or heat that can easily cause fires.

  •  Electrical equipment or machine must be in good condition, free of damage or defects.
  • Site telephone (contact fire department) must be easy to access.
  • Make sure the floor is clear from grease and oil. 

#8 Always maintain fire extinguishers  

Fire extinguishers play such an important role in putting fires out before they get out of hand, it’s important that they work if and when they’re needed. 

  • Monthly fire extinguisher checks by work place occupants
  • The needle of the extinguisher’s pressure gauge is in the green zone. (This means it is working fine)
  • The extinguisher has no visible signs of damage, wear and tear.
  • Annual fire extinguisher maintenance by professional