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Business Fire Safety

Each year in the United States, over 6,000 fires occur in the workplace. Take steps to insure that the business is a safe one for all employees. The following are the leading causes of workplace fires.

Pay close attention to security measures. Keep doors and windows locked after business hours. Keep areas around the building - especially alleys and loading docks - well lit and clear of combustibles. Pay attention to housekeeping within the building.
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Smoking Materials
In areas where smoking is allowed, use large, non-tip ashtrays and make sure everything in them is cold before they are emptied. Be sure that no one leaves smoldering cigarettes on furniture or in a wastebasket.
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Wiring & Appliances
Designate an employee to turn off or unplug all appliances - including coffee makers - at the end of each working day. Do not overload outlets, and make sure to replace any broken or cracked electrical cords.
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Develop a well thought out plan that takes into consideration the unique features of each building and its occupants. This plan should be in writing, and easily available to all employees. This includes those who work weekends and off-shifts. The plan should be kept current through periodic updating.
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Treat every alarm as though it is a real emergency, even if the initial source is unknown. If the alarm sounds, or a fire is suspected, call the Fire Department immediately. After calling the Fire Department, if it's determined that there is no fire, but rather a malfunction of the equipment or a false alarm, call 911 and relay this information. Never wait to investigate the situation before notifying the Fire Department. Any delay will allow a fire to grow and further endanger the building occupants and property. DO NOT silence the alarm until given permission to do so by Fire Department personnel or by the emergency operator. DO NOT reset the alarm until the Fire Department arrives and has investigated the source of the alarm. All fire alarms are to be investigated by the Fire Department.
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Remember your emergency number: 9-1-1.
It's important for employees calling 911 to be able to give the following information: nature of the problem, location, address, nearest cross street, any specifics known. The caller should not hang up until told to do so by the emergency operator.
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Close doors when exiting.
By closing doors, the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building will be limited to a smaller area. Doors should be closed by employees as they leave, and by floor wardens assigned to check the floor during an alarm.
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Never use elevators during a fire emergency.
The reason is three fold:

1) Elevators often fail during a fire, trapping occupants.
2) Elevator shafts may fill with smoke.
3) The elevator has to be available for the use of arriving firefighters.

Occupants must exit by way of stairwells only.
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Establish an employee-meeting place.
It is important to establish an employee-meeting place so that all employees can be accounted for after a building evacuation. The meeting place needs to be away from the building, both so that the area is clear for arriving Fire Department personnel and also so that occupants are away from any glass or debris that may fall from the building.

If unable to leave the building, create an area of refuge.

  • Seal the room. Use wet cloth to stuff around cracks in doors and seal up vents to protect against smoke
  • Do not break windows. Flames and smoke can come back in from the outside. If air is needed, open the window a crack.
  • Stay low under smoke. The freshest air is near the floor. Keep a wet cloth over the nose and mouth, breath only through the nose.
  • Signal for help. Use the telephone, or hang something in the window.
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Fire Code requirements specify the size, number and location of fire extinguishers within each facility. These requirements help establish a protection level appropriate for the hazard class of a building. Make sure to know the types, sizes and maintenance requirements of extinguishers, as well as the basics of extinguisher operation.

For more information call the Chula Vista Fire Prevention Division at 619-691-5055.

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