No matter how safe your workplace is, the chance of a fire starting is always an unfortunate possibility. However, knowing about some of the most common fire hazards found in workplaces across the country, and how to contain them, can help you reduce the risk to yourself and your coworkers. You may or may not be surprised to learn that many workplace fires start before of human error, which is why it is even more important for you to identify the factors in your environment that could lead to a fire.
Even if you don’t work for a company that has anything to do with technology, you likely have several computers and other electrical devices plugged in throughout your building. Unfortunately, electrical fires can start due to overloaded sockets. Consider spreading out your appliances and ensure your extension cords aren’t overheating.
Smoking is another common cause for fires, and should be avoided inside at all costs. This isn’t a problem in most workplaces, but if you or an employee is secretly having a smoke inside the building, put a stop to it before it causes a fire.
Of course, certain types of businesses are much more prone to workplace fires, especially ones that operate out of industrial factories. Not only do you have more equipment that could overheat, but you may handle flammable liquids or vapors, depending on the nature of your work. Make sure you follow all safety procedures and ensure that every employee is properly trained in how to handle them.
These are just a few of the most common sources of workplace fires. Take some time to identify these and other potential dangers and you can cut down on the chance that a fire will start in your building.