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Office Fire Safety Tips for safer working

Maintain electric, phone and other cables/cords in good repair –  Damaged and ungrounded power cables pose a serious fire hazard and violate safety guidelines. Cords should be inspected regularly for wear and taken out of service if they have a frayed or have exposed wire. Further, cables should never be used if the plug has been damaged or removed. Make sure cables / plugs are not overloading socket outlets. The most common causes of fires started by extension cords are improper use and overloading. Extension cables should be approved and / or certified and only be used temporarily to connect one device at a time.

Inspect space heaters – If employees use space heaters, verify the devices are approved for commercial use and have a switch that automatically shuts off the heater if the heater is tipped over. Further, make sure space heaters are not powered through an extension cable or placed near combustible materials such as paper.

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Never block fire sprinklers – Furniture and tall stacks of materials can block the range of fire sprinklers, reducing their effectiveness in the event of an emergency. Objects should never be placed higher than 46 cm below sprinkler heads to allow a full range of coverage for the system

Do not block escape routes or prop open fire doors  – Items never should be stored along an emergency exit route. These paths should remain free of clutter, according to OSHA. Fire doors should not be held open by unapproved means (such as with an office bin or chair), as this creates a significant fire hazard.

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