SAFETY ALERT – FIRE SAFETY
Most fires are preventable. Those responsible for workplaces and other buildings to which the employees have access can avoid them by taking responsibility for and adopting the right behaviours and procedures.
Generale fire safety hazards
Fires need three things to start: a source of ignition (heat), a source of fuel (something that burns) and oxygen.
- Sources of ignition include heaters, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, smokers’ materials (cigarettes, matches etc), and anything else that can get very hot or cause sparks
- Sources of fuel include wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam, loose packaging materials, waste rubbish and furniture
- Sources of oxygen include the air around us
Poor safety practices cause FIRE:
– Hot work – welding, cutting, etc
– Overheating of machineries
– Electric short circuit and overloading
– Improper storage of flammable & combustible liquids
– Poor housekeeping
– Careless smoking
How to prevent electrical fire?
– All generator and fuel storage shall be located in a bund wall. Fire extinguishers shall be installed. Generator shall be earthed
– Temporary as well as permanent electrical installation shall be carried out under the control of a Competent Supervisor
Only competent electricians/electrical engineers shall install, test and commission electrical systems
– All electrically operated equipment and distribution equipment shall be subject to a schedule of inspections by competent electrician
– Generators must be used in accordance with the manufacturer specifications