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Responding to a fire

The best safety advice related to fire safety is to stay calm. You can’t help yourself or a co-worker if you lose control during an emergency. That’s why the second-best tip related to fire safety is have timely drills. At least once a year your entire workplace should have a fire safety drill; every three months is ideal. Being prepared helps you stay calm during a real fire.

A good workplace fire drill will combine the following:

  • How to get everyone safely out of a burning and smoke-filled building.
  • A review of where to meet when everyone is out of the building.
  • How to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Ideally, during your workplace fire drills, a trained safety expert should run the fire extinguisher portion of the drill. Everyone should have a turn using a real fire extinguisher to put out a real fire – trained safety experts will know how to run a drill like this and will be able to teach you about other important issues such as working fire and smoke detectors. If you don’t have a trained professional you can run a fire extinguisher training session without the real fire

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is your number-one stop for timely and useful workplace safety information. Visit OSHA for free workplace safety tips regarding toxicity levels of common chemicals, blood pathogen safety, workplace violence and just about every other occupational safety question you may have.

A good place to go for free statistics about occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities across many industries is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can view graphs, data, and learn more about the economical impact of workplace injury, record keeping, and safety news.

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