Fire Reporting and Procedure
Do you have a Fire Plan at work? Not only should ever workplace have an evacuation map and plan, conduct drills, and have fire and evacuation equipment on hand, but any organization should have a specific procedure for reporting a fire or fire threat. If a fire alarm or alert is sounded or a fire is reported by an employee, regardless of the reason for the alarm or the severity of the fire, the following action must be taken immediately: The employee shall, if trained in the use of fire extinguishers, may attempt to suppress a small fire, until relieved by the Fire Department or until it becomes apparent that the fire cannot be controlled by fire extinguishers. Note: Employees should never attempt to control a fire, which endangers their health. They must immediately evacuate the area when it becomes apparent that the fire cannot be controlled or when conditions become more hazardous. The employee shall Pull the Fire Alarm Box and notify management of the fire.
Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires in healthcare facilities and offices cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions, or inaction, can contribute to the risk of fire and offices. Our training products on "Fire Prevention in Healthcare and Office" look at how fires start, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency This includes the most common causes of fires, the concept of flashpoint, fire prevention and much more. DID YOU KNOW? A fire prevention plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace and be made available to all employees for review. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plan orally.