Good Morning Team!
October has been designated National Fire Safety Month by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). They want to remind everyone this month that fire safety requires awareness. Their end goal is to reduce the numbers of workplace fires and explosions and while statistics are showing that fire related fatalities at our workplaces are dropping year after year, even one is too many. And even if no one is hurt or killed, a fire can disrupt a business by damaging the equipment needed for it to function or destroying the facility it is housed in.
Fire safety should be second nature at our workplaces. We need to know things like; where the fire extinguishers are located, what our escape route(s) are, who is initiating a call to 911 in the event of a fire, and where the designated meeting place after evacuation is located. Since it is human nature to rely on memory in times of crisis, practicing by conducting a fire drill and walking your evacuation routes can help to make sure that no one gets left behind and all are accounted for should a real-life event occur.
And remember that fire safety measures practiced at work can just as easily be done at home too. Having a family emergency action plan and mock fire drills can help to ensure that you and your loved ones get out safely should a fire occur in your home. Making sure that all family members know where they are to meet once away from the home and selecting a neighbor to contact for help in the event of an emergency are further steps needed. Again, practicing sets these actions into our memory and this can be especially important in younger children.
Of course the best practice in fire safety is to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place. Here are some key components, adapted from the NFPA website, to help ensure that our workplaces and homes are as fireproof and safe as possible:
It is always better to be proactive rather than reactive and so it is good practice to plan in times of peace rather than times of chaos. As you know, fire emergencies and other disaster situations can occur anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Let’s take the time this month to focus our awareness on our fire safety and action plans. It’s possible to become better prepared for the unexpected and the more we think about and practice for that, the better the chances are that we can avoid the worst outcomes if they do occur.
Have a great week and stay safe.
Dir. Facilities Services