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How can you prevent workplace fires?

When you go to work each day, it is important for your Minnesota workplace to be safe. Depending on the industry you work on, you may come into contact with items that could start a fire, and it is necessary to understand how you can keep fires from starting.

Many items in your workplace can be potential fire hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that flammable gases and liquids can be sources of fuel for a fire, and paper and wood can also become fuel. Additionally, some tools, such as grinding equipment and torches, can release sparks that might start a fire. To prevent any of these materials from igniting, it is important to use proper handling procedures. You should typically store flammable liquids inside safety cabinets, and it is a good idea to put a sign on the cabinet so everyone knows there are flammable materials inside. If you work with torches, it is important to make sure you keep the flame away from combustible materials and do not use these tools near vents.

One easy way to prevent fires is to make sure your workplace has plenty of fire extinguishers. You should usually know the location of the closest fire extinguisher and know how to operate it. Additionally, it is important to make sure it is easy to access these devices. It is also a good idea to make sure all employees understand they cannot smoke near flammable materials.

If you see a fire in any part of your workplace, it is important to inform your supervisor. He or she can usually make sure that everyone in the building knows what is going on and evacuates if necessary.

This information is intended to educate. It should not be used in place of legal advice.

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