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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in recent years, more than 200 workers die annually as a result of fires and explosions.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org) reports that during 2009-2013 an estimated 37,000 fires were reported to U.S. fire departments per year and these included: 26,300 outside or unclassified fires, 7,220 structure fires, and 3,440 vehicle fires. In addition, these fires caused $1 billion in property damage, 18+ deaths and 270+ injuries per year.
Workers need to recognize potential fire hazards and take every safety precaution to avoid potentially deadly situations on their job sites. The best thing any employer can do is hold regular safety meetings.
Incorporate the topic of fire prevention into your safety meeting schedule. Ensure that the following important issues are part of your fire prevention meeting.
- Fire prevention is every workers' responsibility!
- Be alert to your activities and avoid creating fire hazards.
- Only smoke in designated areas.
More points to cover during any fire prevention safety meeting:
- Ensure that all employees know where the fire extinguishers are located at the work site.
- Employees should report any missing, damaged, or spent fire extinguishers immediately.
- All team members should be familiar with the parts of a fire extinguisher and how to tell if it has been discharged.
- No one should attempt to use a fire extinguisher unless they have been trained to do so! Setting up fire extinguisher training is a great idea for every employer.
- Always use the correct containers for using, storing, or transporting fuel.
- Report any fires or possible fires immediately!
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