Workplace Safety

Make It Your Business To Know

Fire alarm, pull to activateFire can break out anywhere, including where you work. Each year numerous fires in the workplace cause injury and property loss.
  • If a fire started in your office or in the building where you work, would you know what to do?
  • Do you know your workplace evacuation procedures in the event of an alarm? What is workplace's escape plan?
  • What can you do to prevent fires in your workplace?
Knowing the answers to these questions and following a few simple fire safety procedures can prevent tragic and wasteful fire loss in your workplace.

Be Prepared

These procedures are based on your workplace having a fire alarm system and an approved fire safety plan. Your building may not have an alarm system or a detailed fire safety plan. Your workplace fire evacuation procedures may differ. Make it your business to know the fire safety plan and evacuation procedures in your workplace.

Employees Should Know

  • the location of two exits closest to their work area;
  • the location of the nearest fire alarm pull station and how to use it;
  • the phone number for the Fire Department is 9-1-1
  • your responsibilities in a fire, which are in the fire safety plan;
    the fire emergency procedures posted on your floor.

Employers Are Responsible For

  • preparing and implementing the Fire Safety Plan;
  • informing employees of the Fire Safety Plan;
  • posting fire emergency procedures on each floor;
  • conducting regular fire drills with all employees.

If You Discover A Fire

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station on the fire floor.
  • Leave the area immediately, closing all doors behind you.
  • Take keys with you.
  • Go to the nearest exit and leave the building. Close all doors behind you.
  • If you encounter smoke, consider taking an alternate stairwell/exit. Heat and smoke rise leaving cleaner air near the floor. Crawl low under smoke.
  • Call 9-1-1 regardless of the size of the fire. Never assume this has been done.
    Give correct address, location of fire and your name.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Make sure everyone is out or leaving the building and the fire department is on the way, before you consider using an extinguisher.
  • Fire extinguishers are only good for fighting small fires.
  • Ensure that you are using the right type of extinguisher for the fire you are trying to put out.
  • To find out more about extinguishers, go to our Fire Extinguisher web page.
  • Ask your employer to provide fire extinguisher training.

Fire Prevention Tips For A Safer Workplace

Cigarette in an ashtray

Smoking

  • Smoke only in areas allowed.
  • Use large, non-tip ashtrays. Do not empty contents into wastebaskets.
  • Check for smouldering cigarettes on furniture and in wastebaskets.

Wiring

Check and replace any electrical cords that have cracked insulation or broken connectors.

Source of article (condensed): Toronto Fire Department

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