Since October is Fire Prevention
Month, The Division of Public Safety's Department
of Fire and Emergency Services offers the community the
following fire prevention tips to prevent fires at work.
For more about Fire and Emergency Services, see, www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/dpsFire.asp. For
more about fire safety, especially for those living off-campus,
see Cooperation Between the University and Community, Off
Campus Living www.business-services.upenn.edu/offcampusliving/rental/fire%
Prevention At Work
Preventing Fire Hazards
You can help prevent fires at your
worksite, by following these guidelines:
- Keep equipment and machinery
clean and in good operating condition.
- Make sure that all electrical
equipment is protected.
- Never overload circuits.
- Store flammable/combustible
materials in appropriate containers away from heat sources.
- Keep work and refuse areas
clean and free of debris.
- Dispose of flammables according
to established safety guidelines.
- Never leave open flames unattended.
- Use caution when operating
welding and other spark-producing equipment.
- Clean up (if appropriate)
or report all spills.
- Keep fire exits/escape routes
- Know where alarm boxes are
located and the University emergency phone # 511.
Jobsite Fire Prevention
Fires are very costly. Each year
they take many lives, cause workers and their families to
suffer, and cost many millions of dollars in damages.
Fire control is everyone's business.
You can do your part by observing and complying with fire
prevention rules. If you notice any hazards or conditions
that could cause a fire, report them to your supervisor immediately.
Matches and cigarettes are principal
causes of fires. Many fires have started because of carelessly
dropped live ashes, cigarette butts, or burning matches.
The temperature of the ash is often as high as 1,200 degrees
Fahrenheit and if it comes in contact with combustibles,
fire can result.
Poor housekeeping is one of the
major contributing factors that cause fires. Oily rags, paper,
sawdust, solvents, paints and cartons should be disposed
of properly. Trash should not be allowed to accumulate
in the work area.
Oil or gasoline that is spilled
on equipment should be cleaned up immediately. Make sure
that oil-soaked rags are placed in proper safety containers.
Paint, paint thinners, alcohol,
naphtha, lacquer thinner and gasoline should be used only
for their intended purposes. Flammable liquids of any kind
must be kept in approved safety containers.
The thoughtless use of welding equipment
can easily destroy our jobs. Fire-resistant covers, spark
shields and a fire watcher standing by, plus the proper use
of the equipment are some of the ways to prevent damaging
Defective wiring has caused many
fires. Never try to repair wiring or equipment unless
you are qualified to do so. Report defective items and have
the repairs made by a properly trained person.
of Fire and Emergency Services