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Fireball flattens Canadian town! Don't make the same deadly fire safety mistakes!

by , 08 July 2013
Canada is reeling from the terrible freight train accident in Lac Megantic, a small town in Quebec where a train carrying crude oil sped into the centre of town before bursting into flames. The huge explosion leveled several buildings. This shocking accident shows us that when fire safety is lax, you put not only your employees but the entire community in danger. Here's how to keep your workplace safe from the dangers of flames...

Fire safety disasters such as the Lac Megantic train accident (News24) are devastating, but they're also often preventable.

And while many managers and business owners see fire safety practices as a time-consuming nuisance, they're essential to both the legal compliance and real-world safety of everyone in your business.

The A-Z Fire Safety Training Kit recommends these fire safety habits in your workplace.

Essential Fire Safety Practices
  1. Conduct a daily walk-around in person to inspect the work area for any hazards, even if you have supervisors below you. You can never have too many eyes checking for problems!
  2. Foster a company culture of reporting dangerous situations. Even if a worker spots a problem that isn't in their department, they should feel good about reporting it.
  3. Have regular office-space inspections and clean up any dangerous situations such as papers being stored near cables.
  4. Strictly rule that every employee is responsible for completely turning off electronic equipment (not just setting it to sleep / idle) when they go home for the day. Most industrial fires start at night, between 10pm and 5am. Make sure to minimize risks during these danger times.
  5. Execute your fire drills, and go above and beyond the call of duty. When the drill is over, don't just let everyone wander back to their normal day. Hold a discussion where anyone can ask questions, raise issues or point out flaws in the evacuation procedure.
With these five fire safety habits firmly in place, your business will be as safe and productive as possible.

Click here to discover how you can reduce your employees risks when it comes to fire emergencies

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