December 2012 Safety Tip

Fire Safety

The Holidays are approaching and it’s time to take out all the lights, electrical decorations and pine scented candles. There is nothing more important than to know how to keep our family safe. Preventing fires is one of the most important things to remember. Knowing the evacuation plan at work and at home can help get to the closest exit. Each fire, despite of the size, can cause injuries or property loss. Most fires are due to distraction and/or not knowing the basic fire safety rules. Here are some helpful tips to use to prevent a fire:

At Work:

  • Check all fire extinguishers on a monthly basis
  • Know the evacuation procedure and the closest exit
  • Smoke only in designated areas
  • Practice good housekeeping
  • Report any unsafe condition to your Safety Committee or your supervisor
  • Know how to properly store chemicals
  • Know what to do in case of a fire. If you don’t know, ask your Safety Committee or your supervisor.

At Home:

  • Check the batteries of your smoke alarm and do a test at least monthly
  • Have an evacuation plan for you and all occupants of your home
  • Instruct your family on the basic steps in case of an emergency (911)
  • If you are to use electric or gas space heaters, keep them at least 3 feet away from everything
  • Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep lighted candles at least 1 feet away from everything
  • If you smoke inside the house, be smoker wary!

Enjoy the Holidays and be safe!