Why is Fire Safety Important?
Published: Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021
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Fire safety is important and necessary in the workplace in order to prevent and protect against the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety reduces the risk of injury and building damage that fires can cause. Developing and implementing fire safety protocols in the workplace is not only required by law but it is crucial to everyone’s safety that may be in the building during a fire emergency.
Fire safety is important in order to:
Reduce the risk of injury to employees and customers
Reduce damage to facility/building
Protect against possible fines
Protect against losing customers’ trust
Protect employee jobs that would be lost due to extensive building damage
Fire Safety in the Workplace
The importance of fire safety in the workplace be overlooked. Due to the number of workplaces surrounded by ingredients and materials that will quickly ignite a fire, it is necessary for fire safety to be discussed.
Discussions regarding fire safety foster an understanding of fire hazards and the three necessary ingredients to ignite a fire – heat, fuel and oxygen . After educating employees on these ingredients and hazards, hazards become more easily visible around the workplace and are more likely to be handled, reducing the overall risk of fire.
Educating employees is important in the overall goal of fire safety in the workplace but another important measure is to devise a fire prevention plan . This prevention plan will provide a specific description of each employees’ responsibilities in identifying combustible materials, existing fire hazards and heat-producing equipment. It is a necessary piece to preventing workplace fires.
Fire safety preparation, education and prevention is a small price to pay versus the alternative losses that fire bring. The risk for businesses is high when employees and customers alike are at risk.
Implementing a Fire Prevention Plan
The first step in implementing a fire prevention plan is to educate workers. Employees must be able to take necessary action to prevent fires, successfully use a fire extinguisher and understand their role and responsibilities when responding to an emergency.
Employees must thoroughly understand the current regulations and training requirements. Each year, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) require certain fire prevention training be completed by all employees.
Fire Emergency Response Team
In addition to a fire prevention plan, an emergency response team is critical in leading and directing others to safety. A fire emergency response team is a group of individuals each with an understanding of emergency procedures, fire safety and the evacuation plan . Each team member has a protocol to follow in case of a fire emergency and understands their own roles and duties necessary to get everyone to safety.
Proper housekeeping techniques, maintaining emergency and exit lighting, and enlisting the help of a licensed and certified fire protection company are all part of preventative maintenance. Keeping a clean workplace, free of hazards, will greatly reduce the likelihood for a workplace fire.
Additional preventative measures include:
Properly serviced machinery
Immediate clean up of chemical spills, oil or any other combustible materials.
Free and clear hallways and fire exits
Trash is properly contained
Sprinklers and extinguishers are free and clear of blockage
The NFPA outlines a frequency of visits for fire protection companies to follow. These frequent visits by a licensed and certified fire protection company will handle inspections, safety testing and any repairs needed to fire protection equipment.
A maintenance plan for equipment that may not be required by NFPA is still recommended. Equipment and fixtures like, exit signs and emergency backup generators, need to be tested and maintained to ensure each will function effectively during an emergency.
The Importance of Fire Safety
With the risks and losses that result from a fire, it is evident that fire safety protects against such devastation. Fire safety is important to protect and prevent. Through proper fire safety in the workplace, implementing a fire prevention plan, assigning an emergency response team and putting preventative measures in place, workplace employees, customers and the structure itself can all be protected
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Fire safety education and training is not only required by law, it’s also an extremely important skill to obtain regarding the safety of employees and others who might be in the building. Fires are damaging to property, cause injury or death, and can even eliminate jobs since many buildings destroyed by fire are not rebuilt. The way to prevent these dire outcomes is proper fire safety training.
Taking part in fire safety training will provide workers with skills such as recognizing hazards, being able to complete a fire risk assessment, taking action in preventing fires, and lastly understanding how to respond in the case of an emergency. All of these are indispensable skills and give employees the potential to completely eliminate fire risks in the workplace
Learning about fire hazards is the key to preventing fire from occurring. Teaching a workforce about the combustion triangle is a good place to start. The triangle consists of the necessary ingredients that fires spark from: heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent. Once these basics are learned, then hazards are more visible in the workplace since the employees know what to look for.
The next on the list is risk assessment training . This comes right after recognizing fire hazards because employees become responsible for taking action against hazards present already and eliminating or reducing them. Generally, assessments look at the following:
- Emergency exits and routes
- Active and passive fire protection systems
- Safe storage/removal of dangerous substances
- Firefighting equipment like extinguishers
- Evacuation plan
- Clear communication with others about fire hazards
- Staff fire safety training
- How to help those who are more vulnerable than others
If these assessments are not completed, then the workplace will end up becoming incredibly dangerous over time as more hazards will accumulate due to the fact that no one will know how to address those fire hazards and eliminate them.
Learning how to respond to a fire is a large part of fire safety training and is essential in creating a clear understanding of protocol in emergency situations so employees will be sufficiently prepared to fight the fire or get out safely and efficiently. Fire training courses teach how to use firefighting equipment like fire extinguishers, how to activate the fire alarm, and how to work as a team, as well as learning what one’s own responsibilities are. However, these are only a few subjects that are covered in emergency response training
Overall , participating in fire safety training does wonders to help prevent fires just from the workers being more aware of their surroundings and knowing what can ignite a fire. They can even each contribute by doing simple things such as:
- Keeping the workplace clean
- Smoking in designated areas
- Keeping machinery properly serviced
- Storing chemicals safely
- Never blocking fire doors, sprinklers, or extinguishers
- Being aware of the combustion triangle
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There are general fire safety precautions you should follow regardless of where you live. Taking time to review tips about the following fire safety issues can help you create a safer and more secure living environment for you, your friends, and family.
- Escape Plans
Because fire is a risk in every building — whether you sleep, study, or work there — you should always have an escape plan. You may need to escape within a few minutes of a fire’s start, so your safe exit depends on immediate warning from smoke alarms and advance planning of escape routes.
Escape Plan Basics
- Include two ways out of every room in all escape plans
- Designate a location to meet outside the building
- Verify that smoke alarms are installed to provide early detection and warning so you’ll have enough time to execute your escape plan
- Make sure doors located in your path of travel can be opened from the inside under all lighting conditions
- Verify that doors located in your path of travel Do not require a key to open from the inside
- Take note of whether any disabled or elderly residents will require evacuation assistance
- Conduct a roll call to verify everyone has escaped the building
- Remain outside until notified by the fire department that it is safe to re-enter the building
- Practice, practice, practice your plan!
If your secondary escape route is a window…
- Make sure the window can be opened from the inside
- Assure the window is large enough for you to pass through the opening
- Verify the windowsill is low enough to allow you to crawl through the opening
- Make sure any security bars can be opened from the inside without the use of a key, and that you can open them under all lighting conditions
- Determine how you will escape if the window is above the first floor: will you purchase a rope ladder or other emergency escape device, or will you wait for the fire department to arrive and evacuate you?
- Make sure sloping terrain, the location of the window, or other factors will not prevent the window from being used as a secondary escape route
- Smoke Alarms
There are thousands of home fires in the U.S. every year, which result in roughly 3,000 deaths annually. Almost half of these deaths resulted from fires that were reported between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the time period in which most people sleep. For this reason, providing smoke alarms in bedrooms may be the single most important step toward preventing fire-related casualties in residential buildings.
Smoke Alarm Basics
- Install at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom
- Install additional smoke alarms in hallways and common areas in the vicinity of bedrooms
- Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
- Make sure the smoke alarms within your home are interconnected so the activation of one alarm will activate all alarms within the home
- Try to use smoke alarms powered by the building electrical system, which have a battery for backup power … However, if this type of smoke alarm is not available, battery-powered units are certainly better than not having smoke alarms
Smoke Alarm Installation
- Install smoke alarms on ceilings whenever possible
- Locate any smoke alarms installed on walls at least four inches below the ceiling
- Locate any smoke alarms installed on walls no more than 12 inches below the ceiling
- Do not install smoke alarms in the corners of rooms
- Do not install smoke alarms next to air-conditioning vents, heating vents, or ceiling fans, to ensure proper functioning of the unit
- Do not install smoke alarms in kitchens or bathrooms, to prevent false alarms
Smoke Alarm Maintenance
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month, by pressing the button on the alarm that allows you to test the unit
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away
- Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
- Candles and Incense
Candles and incense are often used to create ambiance or help celebrate a special event, but they are open flames that pose a threat of fire. Most candle fires take place in the bedroom, and many occur when candles are left unattended. In addition, the winter holidays and New Year’s Eve are peak times for candle fires, so be sure to exercise caution when celebrating with open flames.
Candle and Incense Basics
- Remember: candles and burning incense are open flames, and the safest option is not to have them in your home
- Never leave candles or incense unattended, and always extinguish them before leaving the room or going to sleep
- Keep candles and incense away from curtains, clothing, books and newspapers, and other combustible items
- Keep candles and incense away from flammable liquids (i.e., alcohol, oil, etc.)
- Use durable candle holders, which are made of non-combustible materials, are big enough to collect wax drippings, and don’t tip over easily
- Trim candle wicks to one-quarter inch, and maintain this wick length throughout the candle’s life
- Extinguish taper and pillar candles when their wax melts down to within two inches of the holder, and extinguish votives and other encased candles before the last half inch of wax starts to melt
- Use flashlights during blackouts instead of candles, and always avoid carrying lit candles whenever possible
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and household fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires, most of which start with the ignition of common household items including grease, paper, cabinets and curtains.
Cooking Safety Basics
- Never leave food unattended while it’s cooking on the stove, and closely monitor food cooking in the oven
- Maintain a clean and tidy cooking area that is free of items that catch on fire easily, such as cloth (curtains, potholders, towels, etc.), paper (cook books, food packaging, newspapers, etc.), and plastic (food packaging, storage containers, etc.)
- Roll up your shirtsleeves, or wear short, tight sleeves while cooking, so your clothes don’t accidentally hang onto stove burners and catch fire
- Always keep a potholder, oven mitt, and lid on hand
- Never use a wet potholder or oven mitt, in order to avoid scalding when the moisture in the cloth heats up
- Never plug microwaves into extension cords, and never microwave metal containers or tinfoil
- Keep children and pets away from cooking areas
In the Event of Stovetop Fire:
- If the fire is small and contained in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan
- Turn off the burner
- Don't remove the lid until it is completely cool
- Never pour water on a grease fire
- Never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire since it can splatter burning grease out of the pan and spread the fire
In the Event of Oven Fire:
- Turn off the heat
- Keep the oven door closed to prevent you and your clothes from catching fire
- Notify other occupants, and evacuate the building
- Call the fire department
In the Event of Microwave Fire:
- Keep the microwave door closed
- Unplug the microwave to remove the source of heat
The respiratory health hazards of smoking are well-publicized, but a lesser-known fact is that smoking materials are the leading cause of fire-related deaths in the U.S. The most commonly ignited items in these fatal fires are mattresses and bedding, upholstered furniture, and floor coverings.
Smoking Fire Safety
- Smoke outside, so you Do not put others at risk
- Never smoke in bed
- Never smoke in an area where oxygen tanks are being used
- Don’t smoke if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs that impair your ability to handle smoking materials correctly
- Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy surface
- Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished by soaking them in water before discarding them
- Check under furniture cushions, and in other places people smoke, for butts and ashes that may have fallen out of sight
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's sight and reach
- Consider using fire-safe cigarettes, which are less likely to cause fires
Vaping and Electronic Cigarette
On April 9, 2012 UT Austin became a tobacoo-free campus and the ban extends to electronic cigarettes and vapes. Even though statistically there is a less of a chance of a fire than a traditional fire there is still a risk of a fire and/or explosion .
To learn more about fires and explosions caused by different smoking materials NFPA has research data on the subject.
Electrical distribution equipment poses serious fire safety threats that can even be fatal, especially when equipment is used incorrectly.
Electrical Safety Basics
- Protect electrical outlets with plastic safety covers if small children are present in your home
- Never operate electrical appliances around bathtubs, showers, or puddles of standing water
- Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when working where water is near electricity, to protect against electric shock … This means you should use GFCIs in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and outdoor locations
- Replace or repair frayed, loose, or otherwise damaged cords on all electronics
- Shut off the circuit and have it checked by an electrician if any switches feel warm
- Take note of any discolored switch plates, because discoloration could indicate that the electrical wiring behind the switch plate is overheating
- Remember: symptoms of potential wiring problems include household lights that dim or flicker, a TV picture that shrinks in size, frequent blown fuses, or circuit breakers that trip frequently
- Place lamps on level surfaces, away from flammable items, and use light bulbs that match the lamps’ recommended wattages
- Multi USB charger are not allowed on campus and should generally be avoided. They are prone to overheating and a multitide of these devices have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission over safety concerns.
- Extension Cords and Surge Suppressers
- Never use an extension cord as a replacement for permanent wiring
- Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets
- Make sure power strips and surge suppressors are designed to handle the loads you will be using them for
- Connect power strips and surge protectors directly into a wall outlet. Do not connect multiple power strips or surge protectors together
- Avoid overloading circuits by plugging too many items into the same outlet
- Avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle, and try to only plug one high-wattage item into each outlet
- Avoid using halogen lamps whenever possible since they operate at much higher temperatures than normal light bulbs
- If you use halogen lamps, make sure the lamp is placed in a location where it cannot come into contact with drapes, clothing, or other combustible materials
- Keep halogen lamps and cords away from high-traffic areas and turn lamps off when leaving the room for an extended period of time
Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months, and the second leading cause of home fires annually. Heating equipment includes fireplaces, wood stoves, portable space heaters, and fixed space heaters. Nearly half of all deaths attributed to home heating equipment fires involve portable space heaters. Follow the below tips, and read more about heating safety .
- Have all heating equipment in your home inspected annually by a licensed professional
- Make sure all gas-fueled and wood-burning heating devices are vented to the exterior of the building
- Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside of each bedroom if gas-fueled or wood-burning appliances are used in your home
Fireplaces and Wood-burning Stoves
- Have wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned on a periodic basis
- Use properly seasoned wood to reduce creosote build-up in fireplaces and stoves
- Protect fireplaces with a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room
- Allow ashes to cool before removing them from a fireplace or stove
- Dispose of ashes in a metal container
- Maintain a 36 inch clearance between space heaters and combustible items
- Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep
Laundry equipment is often overlooked when addressing the issue of home fire safety. However, laundry appliances pose a serious fire risk because they involve electricity, and the combination of combustible clothing and extremely hot temperatures. The vast majority of laundry fires are caused by dryers that are not cleaned properly.
Dryer Safety Basics
- Have dryers installed and serviced by a competent professional
- Have gas-powered washers and dryers inspected periodically by a professional to ensure the gas line and its connection are intact
- Make sure that the dryer is plugged into an outlet that meets its electrical needs, so it doesn’t overload the outlet and trip circuit breakers or blow fuses
- Keep the area around the dryer clear of boxes, clothing, and other combustibles
- Turn the dryer off when leaving home
- Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter
- Clean lint filters before or after each use, and remove any lint from around the dryer drum
- Make sure the dryer exhausts into the exterior or into a listed water trap
- Inspect the area around the dryer for accumulations of lint, paying special attention to the area behind the dryer, and remove any lint you notice
- Inspect the flexible exhaust duct (if your dryer has one), and remove lint accumulations on a periodic basis
Each year gasoline causes several thousand household fires, many of which result in injury and even death. It is helpful to remember gasoline is a volatile liquid that is constantly releasing flammable vapors, which are heavier than air and accumulate at the lowest point in an area. If released inside a building, these vapors sink to floor level and spread out across the room, and if these vapors make contact with an ignition source a flash-fire will likely result.
Gasoline Safety Basics
- Keep gasoline out of children's reach and sight, and never allow children to handle gas
- Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent
- Never use gasoline to wash mechanical parts
- Never use gasoline to start a fire in barbecue pits or cooking grills
- Never use gasoline as a replacement for kerosene or diesel
- Do not use or store gasoline near potential ignition sources, including gas-fired water heaters that contain a pilot flame
- Follow all manufacturers’ instructions when using electronics (including all devices with batteries or connections to electrical outlets) near gasoline
- Clean up spills immediately and discard clean-up materials properly
In the Event of Gasoline Fire
- Leave the area immediately, and call the fire department
- Do not attempt to extinguish the fire
- Do not attempt to stop the flow of gasoline
- Store gasoline outside in a garage or shed
- Never store gasoline in glass, or in plastic milk jugs and other non-reusable plastic containers
- Store gasoline in a tightly closed metal or plastic container designed, manufactured, and approved specifically for gasoline storage
- Store only the amount of gasoline necessary to power equipment and machinery
Fueling and Handling Gasoline
- Do not smoke while handling gasoline
- Use caution when fueling machinery and automobile equipment
- Never fuel machinery or equipment indoors, and always let it cool before refueling
- Place portable gasoline containers on the ground before filling, and only fill them outdoors
- Never fill portable containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck, to prevent a static charge from developing
- Do not get in and out of automobiles while fueling … Although rare, this movement creates an electrical charge on your body that could spark a fire, especially during dry weather conditions
Over 1,000 home fires are caused by liquid propane annually, and these fires cause hundreds of injuries and deaths. Propane is a flammable gas that is converted to a liquid before being stored within a cylinder or tank. When released from its container, propane converts back to a gas and expands significantly; if this expanding gas comes in contact with an ignition source an explosion can result. When first released, the gas is cold and heavier than the surrounding air, which creates a “cloud” of heavy gas that will stay close to the ground and collect in low areas.
Propane Safety Basics
- Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside your home
- Never store or operate a propane-powered gas grill indoors
- Always handle propane-powered equipment cautiously, according to the manufacturers’ instructions
- Have propane gas equipment inspected by a professional for leaks and faulty parts on a regular basis
- Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully when lighting pilots
- Leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home if you smell a strong odor of gas
These fire safety statistics and tips refer to fact sheets on the National Fire Protection Association Web site , the authoritative resource for fire prevention information online.
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Why is fire safety important?
Fire safety is essential to stay safe from fire accidents. In the event of a fire, it is crucial that you can evacuate quickly. For this reason, fire alarms are usually installed in businesses so they can sound when there is an emergency.
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The College Student’s Guide to Fire Safety and Education
Fire safety is important, regardless of whether students live on-campus, in Greek Housing, or off-campus. This guide outlines risk factors, and examines school and student responsibilities for fire safety.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Koebele, MS Ed. is a freelance writer and educator from Charlotte, NC. She has more than a decade of experience researching and writing on topics including higher education and fire science and safety.
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Firefighters respond to an average of 3,810 fires in college residence halls and Greek housing each year. Since 2000, campus fires have resulted in 122 fatalities and millions of dollars in property damage. According to FEMA, the vast majority of these fires could have been prevented through awareness and education. If a college student’s most recent fire prevention training was learning to “stop, drop, and roll” in elementary school, then it’s time for a refresher.
The following guide breaks down risks, responsibilities and preventative measures that college students need to know in order to keep themselves and those around them safe. Key elements include:
- Risk factors related to campus fires
- Where responsibility lies: students versus colleges
- How dorms, Greek housing and off-campus apartments differ
- Fire safety considerations for students with disabilities
Knowing about and practicing fire safety is the best way to prevent loss of life and property.
The Risk Factors
Of the approximately 3,800 campus housing fires that occur in the US each year, the majority (88 percent) are cooking fires. Other causes include:
- Overloaded power strips
- Space Heaters
Fire is a serious threat to a college student’s safety. Unlike crimes or personal attacks that typically only harm one victim, fire usually affects all people living in a residence hall. Fire has no conscience. It does not discriminate or select its victims. You can’t negotiate with it.
Regardless of what causes a fire, many experts agree that lack of knowledge about fire prevention is the real issue. While most students learned about fire safety in elementary school, they need additional training.
The University Housing Fire Report found that fires cause $26 million in property loss annually. Colleges and universities are not liable for accidents, which makes having an insurance policy essential. (In cases of arson, students will be prosecuted according to the law.)
Students tend to believe their parents’ homeowners policies protect them, but that is often untrue. Those policies usually have high deductibles or complicated eligibility requirements that exclude certain claims.
Before moving on campus, students should carefully examine their parent’s homeowners policy. It is usually a good idea to take out a separate policy. To find coverage, students can:
- Inquire as to how much it would cost to make adjustments to their parents’ policy.
- Check with their school. Many colleges and universities offer special policies with registration.
- Get several quotes for renter’s insurance. A quick online search will bring up a list of companies to call.
What Colleges Do to Keep Students Safe
Each campus has a safety department that sets and enforces fire safety policies and inspections. Buildings must have smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and fire alarms in accordance with Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and International Fire Code. Campus safety departments organize and carry out fire drills, and instruct students about:
- Evacuation procedures
- Using different types of fire extinguishers
- Reporting fires
This is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act that was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Its purpose is to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of college/universities. Post-secondary institutions are required to publicly display fire safety information and statistics, policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions for prospective and current students.
In 2013, Congress designated September as Campus Fire Safety Month to encourage colleges and universities to:
- Provide fire safety educational programs
- Evaluate fire safety in on-campus and off-campus student housing
- Develop and enforce applicable fire codes
Fire Safety in Academic Facilities
Following these basic safety guidelines will reduce the chance that students are injured in academic facilities on campus.
- 1) Identify the two closest exits and all potential evacuation routes.
- 2) Know the location of nearest fire alarm and how to use it.
- 3) Never prop open hallway doors or lock fire exit doors.
- 4) Keep corridors clear of flammable materials to prevent rapid fire spread.
- 5) Report vandalized fire equipment to campus public safety.
Campus labs have high ignition potential because of chemical, electrical, and mechanical heat sources. To prevent lab fires, students should:
- Only work under supervision
- Follow campus standard operating procedures for conducting experiments and research
- Never leave experiments or pressure vessels running unattended
- Keep flammable gases and reagents away from heat
Worst Residence Hall Hazards
Accidental fires, such as ignition of food or other cooking materials and unattended cooking, are some of the most common safety issues in college dorms. Other sources often include:
- Unattended heat sources- candles, incense sticks, space heaters, etc.
- Misuse of cooking equipment/unfamiliarity with equipment and safety procedures
- Alcohol/drugs/misuse of medications
- Extension cord overload
St. Michael’s College , 2/17/14: An electric space heater was responsible for an accidental fire that displaced 22 students at St. Michael’s Townhouse 105. Upon hearing smoke alarms, the residents were able to get out safely. The Colchester Fire Department responded and found the dormitory unit’s top and bottom floors engulfed in flames, police said.
University of Massachusetts , 1/18/11: A lit candle ignited a fire in a student’s residence hall room when it came into contact with a window shade. The overhead sprinkler system doused the flames. Firefighters found two other rooms with burning candles and in several rooms (including where the fire began) there were hats hung over smoke detectors.
Students have a responsibility for practicing fire safety in their dorms. It is important to follow each school’s specific guidelines about what students can and can’t have in their rooms. The items most commonly banned due as fire hazards are:
- Toaster ovens
- George Foreman grills
- Halogen and lava lamps
- Space heaters
Todd Sigle, Chief of Police at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, explains that most on-campus residence hall fires are often caused by unattended stove tops, primarily electric ranges. In addition to being left unattended, these cooking tools are also hazardous because they aren’t equipped with temperature regulating technology. Sigle noted that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2007-2011, 84% of reported dormitory fires involved cooking equipment.
Sigle has noticed that shared kitchen areas are becoming commonplace as more apartment-style construction replaces traditional residence hall design. Because of this, Sigle stresses that it is critically important for college students to recognize the importance and responsibility of following fire safety practices.
Many times it is simply a matter of paying attention, especially when cooking. In 2012, there were eight cooking fires in residence halls during a very short time period at the University of Kansas. In one instance, a student made macaroni and cheese in the microwave without adding water. Another student left a plastic tray too close to a hot dog warmer.
Isolating the fire by putting a lid over it or closing the door can ensure student safety. When a fire broke out on the third floor of Brown Residence Hall at Duke University, a student’s quick thinking prevented injuries. The fire started when a backpack lying against a radiator combusted into flames. When the student found the fire, he closed the door, containing the fire.
Residence Hall Safety Guidelines
- Cook only in designated areas
- Keep clutter away from cooking area
- Never leave cooking unattended
- If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit
Many campuses prohibit the use of wax candles, but flameless candles make a safe substitute. If candles are permitted, students should:
- Keep candles in sturdy holders
- Extinguish flame immediately after using
- Never leave a burning candle unattended
- Keep candles away from draperies and linens
More colleges and universities are becoming designated smoke-free campuses. However, if smoking is permitted, students should:
- Make sure cigarettes and ashes are fully extinguished
- Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can
- Use deep, wide ashtrays and place them on top of something sturdy
- Check chairs and sofas for cigarette butts after parties because furniture is highly flammable
- Avoid smoking when drinking or drowsy
Fire safety experts stress the importance of practicing escape plans in case of fire in a residence hall room. A fire alarm should never be ignored . Students must get out of the building immediately and stay out until given the direction to come back in.
When a fire occurs students should:
- “Get low and go” under the smoke to the nearest safe exit, assisting people with mobility impairments
- Never use the elevator- take the stairs instead
- Carefully feel a closed door for heat before opening. If it’s hot, find another way out
If trapped in a room:
- Keep doors closed.
- Put a wet towel under the door to keep out smoke.
- Open a window and wave a bright cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
Greek Housing Fire Safety
According to FEMA, six percent of all university housing fires occur in Greek housing. Despite the small portion, fires in fraternity and sorority houses are typically bigger, which makes them more costly and more dangerous than those in residence halls. Fraternity and sorority houses across the country account for 13 percent of non-contained fires, compared to just four percent of confined fires.
Common causes of Greek housing fires include:
- Physical impairment
Students living in fraternities and sororities should follow the same fire safety rules as students living on-campus:
- Become familiar with fire alarm pull stations, stairways, and emergency exits
- Plan two ways out in case of emergency
- Read instructions on fire extinguishers
In case of fire, students should pull fire alarm and get out immediately, staying low to the ground. If behind a closed door, always carefully feel it for heat before opening. Never open the door if it is hot. If there is no other exit, phone for help and wait for fire fighters.
Off-campus Student Apartment Fire Safety
According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, almost 80 percent of fire-related fatalities in student housing occur off-campus. They are caused by lack of automatic fire sprinklers, missing or disabled smoke alarms, and careless disposal of smoking materials. There are a number of precautions students should take:
- Check for working smoke alarms with back-up power sources in each bedroom
- Identify two ways to exit bedrooms/building
- Make sure sprinkler system is installed and maintained
- Look to see if building address is clearly visible so emergency services can find it.
- Ask when the heating system was last inspected. (Should be within past year.)
- Find out when the last Fire Marshal inspection occurred. (Should be within past year.)
- Exit doors from each unit should have single-cylinder, not double-cylinder deadbolt locks for fast escape.
- Make sure windows open easily.
- Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:
- Pull the pin and hold extinguisher with nozzle pointed away from you.
- Aim low, pointing to the base of the fire.
- Squeeze lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Fire Safety Considerations for Students with Disabilities
According to the USFA, practicing proven fire safety precautions increases the chances that people with mobility, sight and hearing disabilities will survive a fire:
- Get assistance from the resident advisor (RA), building manager, or a friend when making an escape plan
- Know at least two exits from every room
- Check to make sure any aids such as walkers or wheelchairs will fit through exit doorways
- Practice opening locked or barred doors and windows
- In case of fire, get out and stay out
Gail Minger founded The Michael H. Minger Foundation after her son died at Murray State University in Kentucky from arson. His non-verbal learning disability contributed to his death. The foundation has worked to advance fire safety awareness through education, legislation and research to ensure all students are safe.
The Minger Foundation advises that a fire safety plan may need to be tailored to students’ specific needs, depending on the disability or disabilities.
- Visual impairment. Students with a visual impairment should keep a phone near the bed in case of an emergency. Smoke alarms should pause between beeps so they can hear instructions.
- Hearing impairment. Students with a hearing impairment may need a special device to alert them of a fire. There are smoke alarms with strobes and tactile devices like bed shakers on the market.
- Mobility impairment. Students with mobility impairments need a plan to evacuate the building that does not include the use of an elevator.
Fire Safety and Education Resources
NIFAST is a national company that assists residential and college environments in understanding standards, regulations, and codes for fire safety. The FLASHPOINT fire safety course for college students is available for purchase at the website.
Fire safety tips for parents and students.
A newsletter and organization working to improve fire safety at schools and in the communities, published since May 2000.
Live Safe develops and sponsors programs to help groups find resources to advance community fire safety. The website’s Research Library includes white papers, case studies, publications and resources.
Founded after the death of Michael Minger in a residence hall fire at Murray State University. It has focused on developing educational material and resources for all students, including those with disabilities.
Focuses exclusively on campus fire safety, and includes breaking news and a resource section for students and parents. CCFS offers an electronic newsletter.
Safety information, research, and fire prevention resources from NFPA, an international nonprofit established in 1896 to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life.
An article from Providence University on fire-proofing tips for dorm rooms.
List of questions for parents and students to ask about campus fire safety, both on-campus and off-campus, and prepared by Campus Firewatch.
Article that includes potential fire hazards in residence halls published on seattlepi.com.
Article that shares fire prevention safety tips for college students living on-campus.
A series of videos that help teach fire safety to students with disabilities, developed by the Minger Foundation and Campus Firewatch.
Campus and student fire safety statistics and prevention checklists from the NFPA.
Podcasts featured on Firehouse.com. Each episode features guests talking about timely and important topics relating to campus fire safety issues across the nation.
Report by the US Fire Administration that discusses causes of university housing fires.
This is a college fire safety guide by the Center for Injury Research and Policy Child and the Injury Prevention Alliance.
List of free resources to be used when developing fire safety curriculum for students who live on-campus, off-campus, and students with disabilities.
While your college should already have one, this page details how to create an escape plan for a school and put it into practice.
A live fire simulation video, demonstrating how quickly flames can engulf a dorm room.
Checklist of fire safety tips for people with disabilities, prepared by USFA.
Video created by the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association to train viewers to learn how to assess a potential fire situation and use a portable fire extinguisher in the event of a fire emergency.
The Importance of Fire Safety
Fire has been an asset to the Human species for thousands of years. The ability to effectively manage and manipulate fire has led to many great life enhancements such as heating, cooking, smoke signalling, and the managing of landscapes.
However, it can become extremely dangerous and damaging to people, infrastructure and the environment when it isn’t managed carefully.
One of the most important aspects of health and safety and responsibilities as an employer is preparing for the event of a fire. Ensuring the safety of those within the premises and the nearby surroundings is a top priority.
Just this last year, there were over 182,000 fires last year in both homes and businesses, 7,160 non-fatal casualties and 253 fire related deaths.
Promoting a culture whereby employees understand the importance of fire safety in the workplace will help you to prepare for an emergency. This will also encourage employees to voice when they suspect a potential risk, allowing you to take preventative action. Fires can occur at any time but most can be prevented. Find out how Banner Fire can help you plan for and prevent a fire below.
Fire Safety Regulations
Who is responsible.
In both the prevention and event of a fire, those responsible include employers, landlords, owners or a person in control of the premises such as a building or facilities manager. These key people are deemed as the ‘responsible person’ and have a duty of care to their employees or those who live or work within their premises.
The responsibilities of the responsible person include:
- To carry out regular risk assessments of the premises and notify staff or their chosen representatives of any identifications
- To put in place and maintain appropriate safety measures
- To plan for emergencies
- To provide information, safety instructions and training to staff
This helps to ensure that adequate measures are taken to prevent the event of a fire and reduce the risk of injury and death.
Identification Of Potential Hazards And Triggers
The first step in fire prevention is to undertake a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and triggers that could result in an emergency. This is a requirement of the HSE before anyone is allowed to work on the premises.
Hazards can include:
- Faulty electronic devices, wiring and cables
- Overloaded or defective plug sockets
- Cooking appliances
- Heating appliances
- Combustible materials and flammable liquids placed near heat sources
- Cigarettes, lighters and open flames
Fire Prevention and Fire Emergency Evacuation Plans
A fire prevention plan documents all of the potential hazards that you have found in your risk assessment and details the appropriate safety protocols to follow during a fire. Putting a fire prevention plan in place can significantly reduce the extent of damage that a fire can cause and help to avert one from breaking out in the first place.
A fire emergency evacuation plan details how you and your staff, throughout the building, can exit in a safe and appropriate manner. This plan also documents the arrangements for calling the fire brigade and where emergency equipment and first aid supplies are stored. By planning ahead, this will allow your team to respond efficiently in an emergency.
Commercial Fire Safety Training and Awareness
It is detrimental to the safety of the staff and business if your employees aren’t educated on potential fire hazards and safety protocols. A lack of knowledge is dangerous and can lead to casualties. The more people know, the less likely a fire will occur.
All staff should be trained on both the fire prevention and emergency evacuation plans or have access to these documents for review. It is also essential that they understand following these plans and procedures are imperative to the safety of themselves and their co-workers. To further this, make sure that fire preventative devices are correctly labelled and easily located throughout the building.
Failure to comply with commercial fire safety regulations can result in large fines for your business. The best way to prevent a fire is through education, regular PAT testing of your electrical devices and the installation of fire safety measures and procedures.
Fire Safety Solutions
There are many ways to stop a fire in its tracks. Here is our fire safety checklist of preventative measures that can and should be implemented throughout the workplace.
The installation of a fire alarm within the workplace is a legal requirement to ensure early fire detection and provide warning to members within the building. These systems also allow you to contact the emergency services quickly and every second counts.
It is a legal requirement to carry out a fire drill at least once a year, but it is advisable to carry these out more often to ensure that the fire alarm is regularly maintained. The results of your fire drill need to be recorded as part of your fire safety and emergency evacuation plans.
Fire sprinklers help to prevent the spread of a fire by extinguishing them as soon as they have been detected. There are many different types of fire sprinklers and each one is built to complement the infrastructure in which it is housed. The spread and power of these systems extinguish a fire in the most effective manner.
You should have fire sprinkler servicing at least twice a year and the level of maintenance is subject to the type of system that is installed.
Depending upon the type of fire extinguisher you have installed, it is a legal requirement to replace them every 5 to 10 years. These should also be serviced after installation to ensure that they are working properly. It is crucial to the safety of your staff and workplace that your fire extinguishers are serviced annually by someone with relevant BAFE qualifications to ensure they are in working order.
The installation of emergency lighting helps to guide your staff to their nearest fire exit, allowing for safer movement and provides a clearer route when planning your emergency evacuation. Function testing of your emergency lighting should take place every month to ensure the signs are properly illuminated. Thorough testing should take place at least once a year.
Fire doors are a legal requirement in most commercial buildings, most standards of accommodation and are sometimes required in larger singular dwellings. They should remain closed at all times except when being used to exit the building during a fire. Fire doors should also automatically close or lock once opened.
The implementation of fire doors are imperative to preventing the spread of a fire. These doors are very resistant, prolonging the time it takes a fire to burn through and also act as a barrier against the spread of toxic smoke.
How Can Banner Fire Help You?
We think it’s time to get commercial fire safety sorted. If you’re looking to ensure the safety of both your staff and premises, Banner Fire has the solution for your business. We offer a complete range of fire prevention and protection measures for both industry and commerce.
If you need further assistance or advice on the solutions available for your premises, we’ll be more than happy to provide you with an assessment and a quote. To talk to a member of our friendly team, please get in touch today by calling us on 01902 700 620 or emailing [email protected].
98 Fire Safety Essay Topic Ideas & Examples
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Foundations of obeying orders
The importance of following orders is instrumental to the health and well-being of an individual and in the fire service. It is a very important skill to live a quality life and an equally important skill to be part of and form a smoothly functioning society. It increases efficiency within a group or society. People who do not follow instructions are a great danger to themselves as well as to others around them. This also saves resources from being used in a manner that is not as effective or not beneficial. They pose a danger that is not only moral or social but also physical as well. Moreover, if people in a society do not follow orders, the opportunities for achieving advancement can become severely limited. This also instills discipline and responsibility that helps us be more reliable people for others in times of need.
Streamlining processes through clear instructions
Importance of commands in the fire service.
This goes perfectly in the fire service because we are faced with countless situations where clear communications are needed. We need to know what is asked of us and know what and where it is needed. This makes it very efficient for our job and the people we serve. Whether a person is working on a project independently or as part of a team, it would become equally difficult to complete the given task if the person does not listen to orders and follow them.
For instance, if you are part of a team in an organization and the team is given a specific task to be completed within a certain period of time, it is of the utmost importance that everyone follows the orders given to them for the team to be able to complete the task efficiently. Each person in a team has an important role to play, and if someone does not do their job properly, the operation will not run smoothly. The inability of a single person to follow given orders will slow down the entire team as someone else will have to take on the added responsibility that is given to the first person. Some tasks will probably have to be done all over again. This will slow down the entire process considerably and might even lead to a faulty outcome if errors made by the inefficient member are not detected.
Therefore, it can be seen that the inability to follow orders leads to a considerable waste of resources, time, and money and can be quite severely detrimental to the well-being of an organization. This is why it is important to pay attention because if someone runs the hose in the wrong area of a house or the wrong way, then that’s wasted time and viable time for victims who may be trapped or need help. That is not only wasting time and resources but also the victims’ time frame of survival.
Personal safety and adherence to orders
In the fire service, we have to abide by rules, regulations, and SOP’s. There are reasons why those are in place and why they will always be there. If you do not check your equipment after each use and maintain it and another shift, go to use it on another call, and it does not work or is broken, then that will have a negative impact on the department’s image, firefighter, and the victim. Those consequences could be detrimental for all of those involved. Following orders keeps everyone safe and reduces the amount of potential negative impacts.
Cultural indoctrination: Obeying from childhood
We are taught to follow orders from a very young age, and that comes in handy in every aspect of life. As a student, we are required to follow the orders we are given at school, and at home, we are required to follow the orders we are given by our parents. This instills discipline and a sense of responsibility to us. Orders are given to us in order to ensure that we do the right things, and by following these instructions, we grow up to be well-rounded individuals. If we had not been given the order of being attentive in class and following it, we would never have made it very far in life as far as education is concerned. The ability to follow orders is important in many ways: it can make life much simpler and safer, ensures that tasks are completed efficiently and on time, and does away with confusion. Simply put, when you follow orders, things go smoothly around you. And it is not only you who benefits from this; by being in the habit of following orders, you can also instruct others to do the same and give orders that make sense.
- Smith, J. (2015). Obedience and Society: The Power of Following Instructions . New York: Academic Press.
- Brown, L. (2017). Communication in Modern Workplaces . London: Communications Press.
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The Importance of Safety to a Firefighter
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- CDC – Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program: Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Report F2013-14. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201314.html
- Fire extinguishers. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.marsden-fire-safety.co.uk/resources/fire-extinguishers
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The Importance Of Following Fire Safety Standards
Since childhood, fire safety is taught to us. We’re told not use matches or what to perform if a fire were to occur. As a result, we have become so used to the idea that a small fire could start up and cause serious damage. As college students, we are often unaware of how easily a fire can spread. This includes tapestries and curtains. Although the odds are low that a piece of tapestry could catch fire, it is possible. If there was a fire, this tapestry would rise in seconds and cause the flames to spread rapidly. Most students don’t think about examples like this, so it’s important to educate them on fire safety.
After reading these articles and watching those videos, I see the importance of fire protection. When I first read the article, I was not aware of how dangerous curtains can be. The article that described how a flame caught the shades in fire made me realize they were easily ignitable and would quickly rise if there was a blaze. Even though the fire may not have started in your dorm, the flames can still spread. If the fire spreads quickly, it could destroy your entire dorm in seconds. The fact is, most people do not realize that just because a certain object cannot start a full-blown fire does not mean it’s safe.
I found the videos with a mock fire in a dorm to be very helpful for demonstrating fire safety. Many students would understand how dangerous fires are if the spread of fire was visualized. In one video the fire took some time to spread but once it reached a tapestry there was a rapid rise in the building. I think that showing videos or doing demonstrations like that before allowing students to move into dorms would be a great way to educate students about fire safety. The handbook should be reviewed by students, and a quiz or small assignment could be given before they move in. It would be helpful to have a small quiz for students that explains what’s allowed and what’s not. This should also emphasize that wall decorations and tapestries aren’t allowed, as most people, including myself, don’t know. It’s important to explain the reasons why tapestries and other wall adornments are not allowed. Most people, myself included, don’t know this.
If I want to be sure I know what fire hazards are, I’ll read more about the handbook. If I was uncertain about something that I owned and whether it would be against the rule, I would check with an RA to see if I was breaking the rule or putting the safety of others in the dorms. Candles or hotplates were obvious objects that I did not want to have in my dorm. As I’m now aware of the fire risk certain objects present, I will take extra care to ensure that my dorm is safe for me and everyone else.
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