Fire Safety: Plan, Prevent, Train, Recover

Fire safety is taught and practiced from the earliest days of kindergarten—we all remember “Stop, Drop, and Roll”—but preparedness training should never end.

Workplace fires pose a risk across all industries, making fire safety training and policies an essential part of keeping employees, customers and the surrounding community safe. According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, costing businesses more than $2.3 billion in property damage. Explosions and fires account for 3% of workplace injuries and have the highest casualty rate of all probable workplace accidents. Many unexpected explosions and fires are due to faulty gas lines, poor pipe fitting, improperly stored combustible materials or open flames.

Taking preventative steps, implementing training and drilling simulation exercises can lower risk and prepare employees in case a fire ever does break out in the workplace.

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This article appears in the May 2019 issue of Occupational Health and Safety.