Workplace Fires: Common Causes and How to Prevent Them

Prevent disasters in the workplace by understanding these fire hazards.

Business owners can do a lot to protect the risk of fire in the workplace. Even so, the best defense is to prevent a fire from starting in the first place. Fire can tear through buildings in seconds, causing damage and destruction to the property. Even worse, fires in the workplace can cause injury or death to employees. To help you prevent fires, understand the common causes.
Electrical
Many workplace fires are linked to a malfunction of either a piece of electrical equipment, wiring or both. Electricity is one of the most common sources of ignition for major fires. The best way to avoid electrical fires is to establish an electrical safety program. Through this, employees should be made aware of safety procedures and must use tools and equipment properly. Damaged equipment should not be used and extension cords should not be overloaded.
Flammable and Combustible Material
The modern American workplace is full of chemicals. Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of workplace fires is flammable and combustible chemicals. Improper handling of flammable materials can increase the risk of fire. If a flammable liquid is spilled, cleanup should begin immediately. If not, vapors from the spillage can ignite and start a fire.
Negligence
Fires from negligence occur when an employee does not follow established procedures, knowingly acting in an activity that is a potential fire hazard. A fire caused by negligence can be the result of:

  • An open flame that is not safely located or protected
  • Hot surfaces that are too close to heating equipment
  • Not following smoking restrictions or carelessly disposing of cigarette butts, ashes, and matches

Good common sense and safety can help to avoid fires triggered by negligence.
Fortunately, if your business does succumb to fire, your business insurance policy can help. Let McCarty Insurance Agency take care of your insurance policies. Serving Fresno, California, we aid business owners in choosing the right coverage to meet their needs, budget, and demands.

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