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The multi-storey building was a mainstay of industrial revolution cities. Although it was an ingenious solution to space constraints, piling people on top of each other floor by floor created major safety problems. One of the biggest was figuring out a safe way to evacuate inhabitants of the upper floors from the building during a [...]
October is National Fire Safety Month. But fire safety is an important workplace topic throughout the year. While death and injury are the greatest risks and the ones with which most people are familiar, fires also destroy jobs. In fact, many of the workplaces that are destroyed by fire are never rebuilt. Here are some [...]
Do you know how often smoke alarms should be replaced? How about how many feet away a space heater should be from an object that can burn? The National Fire Protection Association has an online quiz to help you assess whether or not your home is the safe haven you think it is. Click here [...]
True or False: Smoke is the cause of the majority of fire-related deaths.
According to Fire Prevention Canada, hundreds of Canadians die in residential fires every year, but low on the list of killers during a fire are hot flames.
While the residents of a house are sleeping, a fire may smolder for hours, robbing the air [...]
October is Fire Safety Month and many supervisors mark the occasion by delivering a training talk on fire safety. The supervisor who addresses the topic of fire safety has a choice to make. Should I focus on flashpoints, hot work, portable heaters, dust explosions, flammables, welding, fire prevention or fire extinguishing? There is a lot [...]
You know the old joke about the guy in New York City who’s lost and turns to a police officer to ask: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
The officer’s response: “Practice, practice, practice.”
The same principles apply to emergency evacuation. How do we safely get out of a building?
Answer: Practice, practice, practice.
The Importance of Practice
Last week, we discussed the benefits of creating a questionnaire for fire safety teams to use when conducting inspections at your facility. Let’s now look at how to use and create such a questionnaire. And, if you’re a member of SafetyXChange, you can access our model questionnaire in the Tools section.
Eliminating fire hazards is a central part of any workplace safety program. Among the most basic tasks are to ensure that: exits are free and unobstructed; there are appropriate fire extinguishers on hand; and workers are trained how to use the fire extinguishers in case of fire. These seem like simple and straightforward requirements. But [...]
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