When running a large production plant or managing warehouses, halls or other buildings, you must think about the safety of people working there every day. One of the most serious threats is the fire hazard. It can cause enormous material damage, causing multimillion-dollar losses that may expose the company to bankruptcy. History knows very well cases where, after a fire, a given company was no longer able to recover. Additionally, a fire in a place where there are many workers endangers their safety and life. You should, therefore, do your best to avoid such situations. So what can you do? First of all, the company should be equipped with fire protection equipment. and have them checked frequently.

 

What are the most common causes of fires in companies?

Most large companies, warehouses and plants are highly exposed to the possibility of fire and fire. It is influenced by the chemical and biological substances and other flammable materials they contain. This is why so much attention is paid to fire safety in workplaces. But what are the most common causes of fires in workplaces? Unfortunately, the company employees themselves are to blame for most fires, at various levels. Many fires are the result of irresponsible actions and non-compliance or disregard of fire regulations. What shortcomings are most often found during inspections? These are primarily obscured smoke detectors, which are covered by employees who want to smoke cigarettes on the company’s premises.Such an obscured detector may not function properly and therefore exposes workers to danger. Additionally, many escape routes are inadequately marked or have no emergency lighting that should turn on when the power is cut. Other serious shortcomings are the placing of flammable substances in the vicinity of the fire source and the lack of appropriate fire protection equipment. All of these things are usually the result of poor planning, poor fire education of employees, and a disrespectful attitude towards fire regulations. What are the most common causes of workplace fires?Other serious shortcomings are the placing of flammable substances in the vicinity of the fire source and the lack of appropriate fire protection equipment. All of these things are usually the result of poor planning, poor fire education of employees, and a disrespectful attitude towards fire regulations. What are the most common causes of workplace fires?Other serious shortcomings are the placing of flammable substances in the vicinity of the fire source and the lack of appropriate fire protection equipment. All of these things are usually the result of poor planning, poor fire education of employees, and a disrespectful attitude towards fire regulations. What are the most common causes of workplace fires?

  • starting fire from operating machines and devices,
  • leaving cigarette butts by employees,
  • incorrect protection of the electrical installation or its malfunction,
  • placing flammable substances near the fire,
  • poor protection and stored flammable materials.

Fire-fighting equipment provided by the company

Companies and plants are required to have appropriate fire equipment on the company’s premises. Although this is not only a rigid legal provision, but also the result of healthy thinking aimed at protecting health and life, many entrepreneurs forget or deliberately avoid purchasing appropriate fire protection equipment. So what are the requirements for equipment for companies? Handheld firefighting equipment is obligatory. The only difference in the necessity to buy it is the size of the bet. For a small company or office, portable fire extinguishers with low weight and easy operation will suffice. For larger facilities, buildings and areas, it will be recommended to purchase large fire extinguishers or fire fighting units. The relevant regulations recommend the use of both portable extinguishers and extinguishing units. Other fire-fighting equipment can be used at your own discretion.However, first of all, the number of required measures should be agreed with specialists in the field of fire protection and the State Fire Service and in cooperation with relevant services, such as the State Fire Service. In addition to portable fire protection equipment companies should also be equipped with warning devices and fire extinguishing devices. All kinds of detectors, whose task is to inform about the impending fire hazard, play a special role here. Additionally, through a special system, integrated with the activities of the Fire Brigade, it may notify the competent authorities of a fire. The use of such systems significantly improves the operational safety of the plant.

 

Carry out regular checks

Just having the right fire equipment it does not provide 100% security. It is important that your equipment and equipment work flawlessly and that when a fire occurs, they work. Hence, it is so important to conduct periodic inspections of fire protection equipment. We are talking here in particular about fire protection systems and early warning systems about threats. In many establishments, such a plant is inspected at least once a month and in many cases even more frequently. Fire extinguishers and extinguishing units should also be subject to regular inspection. According to manufacturers’ recommendations, such inspections should be carried out at least once every six months. Such a frequency of examining the condition of the devices will allow you to be sure that in the event of a real threat, they will work without any problems, protecting the health and life of employees of a given plant.