Fire Safety Do's, Don’ts and Tips
- Do not accumulate discarded files and paper trash in your office or storage areas. Pay special attention to housekeeping in areas that produce lots of trash such as storage areas, copy areas or kitchens.
- Keep electrical cords in good repair. Inspect periodically and report frayed cords to your office management. Do not use extension cords permanently.
- Flammable solvents are not allowed in the building as noted in the lease.
- In areas with sprinklers there must be at least an 18-inch clearance from the bottom of the sprinkler head to the top of any object underneath the sprinkler head.
- In areas with electrical panels or sub-panels there must be 36 inches of clearance around all boxes.
- Keep all hallways free of boxes and trash. They must be kept open to provide for a quick exit.
- Blocking fire doors open is a direct violation of the Fire Code and will allow smoke and fire to spread throughout the floor.
- Check all electrical equipment at the end of the day, to make sure it is turned off. This includes copiers, coffee pots, typewriters, computers and printers.
Use of Extinguishers
Dry chemical fire extinguishers are located at strategic points around the building. They are the first line of defense against fires. Each extinguisher is the proper type for the fire that will most likely occur in that vicinity. Extinguishers should only be used on small fires. Small is defined as no larger than a small office trash can. If a fire is discovered while it is still small, an extinguisher may be effective:
Remove the extinguisher from its place and hold it upright. Stand back 8 to 10 feet from the fire. Follow the acronym P A S S.
- Pull the retaining pin.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames, and
- Squeeze the handle completely. This will discharge the extinguishing agent at the fire. Use a sweeping motion from side-to-side.
- Sweep from side to side. Go slightly beyond the fire area with each pass. Once the fire is out wait before leaving the area. You may need to make a further application, in case the fire re-ignites.