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Fire destroys five shops in the Jo'bug CBD! Avoid a similar incident with these three fire prevention tips

by , 19 May 2014
News24 reports that a fire swept through five shops in the Johannesburg city centre this morning. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

Fortunately, no one was in the shops when the incident happened.

But, the city's emergency services said the damage of the fire was extensive. This means affected employers may have to start from scratch. Can you imagine losing your entire business just like that?

You don't have to. Simply use these three tips to prevent fire in your business.


Do your employees know about the different fire equipment?

If a fire breaks out in your building, would your employees know what to do or how to use the fire extinguisher?


Use these three tips to prevent fires in your workplace

Fire prevention tip #1: Practice good housekeeping habits

The following good housekeeping practices is crucial to fire prevention, says www.statefundca.com:

  • Keep heating and electrical equipment clean and in good condition.
  • Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
  • Clean ducts and fume hood filters regularly.
  • Use and store chemicals safely. Provide enough ventilation when using and storing these substances.
  • Clear the clutter, which contributes to fires. Do this by keeping paper products, aerosols and other flammable materials and liquids away from heat sources.

Fire prevention tip #2: Train employees on how to fight fires and demarcate fire-fighting equipment clearly

Knowing what to do when a fire breaks out can help prevent the spread of fire.

In this article, we explained that all your employees must know how to use the firefighting equipment near their work stations.

You must train them on how to use emergency firefighting equipment such as portable fire extinguishers and fire hose reels effectively.

You must also ensure that your fire-fighting equipment is clearly demarcated. It must be accessible to everyone. And each employee must know how to handle it.

Since prevention is better than cure, don't forget to apply this last fire safety tip...


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Fire prevention tip #3: Schedule regular inspections in your workplace

Experts at www.healthandsafetyclub.co.za say regular inspections will help you discover potential sources of ignition and fire so you can take corrective measures.

When it comes to fires, prevention is better than cure. So use these three tips to prevent fires in your workplace.

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