The threat of workplace fires is always present, and it’s important that managers and employees take every measure possible to reduce this risk as much as possible. Here are some common workplace fire hazards that you should always look out for.
Hazardous Waste Material
Offices generate a lot of waste, especially paper and other dry packing materials. When not disposed of correctly, they pose a risk of starting a fire if they come into contact with a flammable liquid or source of heat, like a discarded cigarette. It’s important that property managers and other crews that control waste collection and recycling develop an organized system that keeps the area isolated from the populated work areas.
Speaking of flammable liquids and other materials, depending on the type of work that takes place in the commercial building, there may be an abundance of flammable liquids that pose a threat. Factories and other industrial sites deal with a combination of liquids that could cause a reaction if incorrectly mixed or discarded inappropriately. The smallest spark or heat source would create a dangerous fire hazard if not stored and disposed of properly.
Malfunctioning electrical equipment like computers, machinery, or even large HVAC systems can overheat and create a potential fire hazard. When these items get hot, it’s important that combustible materials be kept away. Faulty wiring and damaged plugs can be unpredictable and dangerous. All of these components should be tested and maintained regularly.
On any given day, there are a lot of people working in a commercial building. That leaves a lot of opportunities for people to make mistakes. Human error is a very common workplace fire hazard because of negligence, improper training, or just being distracted. Failure to take necessary precautionary measures could result in a fire disaster.
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