Make It Your Business To Know
Fire 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
Check and replace any electrical cords that have cracked insulation or broken connectors.
Source of article (condensed): Toronto Fire Department