Fire Safety at Work This Winter Season

Fire Safety at Work This Winter Season
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    The cooler weather will have people inside for longer periods of time, which can lead to fire hazards if the space is not properly maintained.

    It only takes a few moments to make sure everyone can be warm and safe.

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Start by following these steps.

Inspect Space

It might seem obvious to do, but take a closer look throughout the entire space from top to bottom. Any space should have a fire safety plan, and fire sprinkler systems NYC are essential because of the dense population and buildings being close together.

Make sure there isn’t anything blocking the sprinkler heads, such as stacked boxes or shelving units. Check if doors and emergency exits are difficult to get to or completely blocked.

Are stairwells obstructed? Have fire extinguishers been inspected in the past year and easily accessed? Do smoke detectors have good batteries in case of a power failure?

Make sure all fire safety equipment is in good working order.

Check Wiring

The digital age has brought many conveniences, such as laptops, smartphones, earbuds, and other smart devices.

However, no matter what brand you use, the one thing these devices all have in common is they need to be charged.

Most people don’t think twice about loading up a power strip to charge their gadgets. While the power strip itself might be UL listed with a surge protector on it, the wall outlet might not be able to handle the power needs of all the devices plugged into it.

Far too often, a single wall outlet is expected to put out more power than it was meant to carry, often resulting in a circuit failure at best, or a fire at worst.

Be careful using power strips with more than eight outlets, and definitely do not plug multiple strips into each other; there is a risk of overloading the electrical system.

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Heat Wisely

In the wintertime, some people are very temperature sensitive and cold when others are already warm. Structural issues such as drafty windows or poor insulation can make a cold person miserable.

The same can be said about working next to a door that is constantly being opened to the outside. Space heaters are often used, but they can be dangerous if not used correctly.

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Keep them at least 3 feet away from potentially flammable objects such as bags, coats, curtains, etc. Do not plug a space heater into a power strip, and never walk away from a space heater without turning it off.

With the approaching winter and holiday season on many people’s minds, companies and individuals should take a moment to review their facilities and make sure any kind of gathering will be fire safe.

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