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Eight die in a KZN wild fire: Prevent this in your workplace with proper fire safety precautions

by , 19 June 2014
On Monday, a wild fire ran riot through Kwazulu-Natal. The fire caused the death of eight people. It also destroyed lots of livestock and property.

Strong winds fuelled the fire. This made it impossible for emergency services to control the blaze.

This shows just how easily a tiny spark can turn into a blazing problem. If the environment and weather aren't on your side, there's nothing you can do.

That's why you need to put fire safety precautions in place now! Read on to discover the safety precautions that could save your company from going up in smoke...

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A fire risk assessment is your first line of defence

The first thing you must do to prevent a fire is perform a fire risk assessment to look for fire hazards. This will ensure the fire precautions you put in place will be effective. 
 
The next important step is to give your employees OHS training on the dangers of fire accidents. If your employees know and understand your fire safety plan, they can help you prevent or put out a possible fire.
 
If you take these two steps first, these five precautions will be even more effective…
 

Put these five fire safety precautions in place to protect your business

If you want to protect your business from a fire, ensure you have:
 
1. Fire extinguishers that everyone can reach;
2. Warning signs that indicate fire hazards, such as open flames;
3. Smoke detectors; 
4. Designated smoking areas with signs; and
5. Emergency exits. 
 
With these precautions in place, you and your employees will be able to prevent or stop a fire quickly. Because, as we've mentioned before, you only have two seconds to deal with a fire, before it spreads out of control.
 
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Every day, your employees waste an hour on smoke breaks...
 
You can deduct money for time spent on smoke breaks off their salaries to avoid decreased productivity
 
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