Fire Risk Assessment Checklist (Infographic)
The most effective way to fight a fire in the workplace is to stop it before it starts. Fire prevention starts with a thorough site assessment including identifying potential hazards, evaluating risk levels, and communicating a clear plan of action. It is important to consider the possibility of a fire starting in each area of the worksite, including potential fire ignition sources such as machinery and electrical components. The next step is to weigh the consequences of a fire in each area and identify combustible materials that could act as fuel, including oxygen sources and flammable materials.
Employee awareness is one of the most effective firefighting tools. Employees should clearly understand the precautions that are necessary in their area to prevent a fire from starting. They should have access to appropriate equipment for their environment such as fire extinguishers and flame resistant clothing. Training should be provided for responding to a fire. For example, employees should know the location of fire extinguishers throughout the facility and how to use them properly. It is important to aim a fire extinguisher low, at the base of a fire, for maximum effectiveness. Special training may be needed for chemical fires and first aid measures. Finally, the company’s evacuation plan should be communicated to the team and escape routes should be clearly marked.