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These invisible fire hazards could make your business go up in flames

by , 19 June 2014
You know you have a slip-and-fall hazard in your workplace because of your slippery floor. And you know your old filing shelves are a falling-object hazard.

And you may think you've spotted all of these common workplace hazards that hide in most businesses. You've taken safety precautions, but you may have forgotten something. Like these fiery hazards that could be lurking in your workplace.

That's right! Even if your employees don't work directly with fire, these hazards could still pose a threat to your business...

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Are these three common fire hazards lurking in your workplace?

The reason you probably missed these fire hazards is because they're not out in the open.
Wiring, electronics and cables are some of the biggest culprits hidden because they away in machinery, walls and under desks.
But just because you can't always see them, doesn't mean they're not there. These hazards are still very real and they could cause a fire accident…

All it takes is a spark from one of these fire hazards to start a fire

Wiring: Old wiring - particularly if it has damage - can easily cause a spark. Especially if the wires' plastic coatings have worn off, touch and create a spark.
Electronics: You might think an old computer or printer can't be dangerous. That's until it overheats and blows a circuit. If this happens, a fire may start inside the machine. This means the fire will grow quickly as it burns the plastic parts.
Cables: No one sees the cables under their desks that connect all the machines to the wall socket. This also means they won't notice how overloaded the extension cables are. If a cable can't keep up with the power load, it's likely to blow. This means another fire-starting spark.
You need to deal with these hazards in your fire safety plan. You must also include fire safety procedures in case a fire does break out. 

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