Workplace Fire Safety & Prevention Checklist
Most Oceanside residents already have a fire plan for home, but does your employer have one? Do you know your part in keeping the workplace safe?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to over 3,000 fire on office properties per year.
Like at home, it’s your responsibility to take the necessary steps to keep your office environment safe. While there are specific measures employers should take to protect their staff – every employee should do their part to prevent fires.
Some employers are required by law to have an emergency action plan in place; however, it’s smart for all companies to create and share a strategy with staff in the event of a fire.
- Teach employees about fire hazards in the workplace – provide proper training in fire prevention and protection
- Inform employees of office housekeeping procedures for storage and cleanup
- Go over rules for controlling ignition sources such as smoking
- Provide for proper cleaning and maintenance of heat-producing equipment
- Require fire safety plan review with all new employees
- Alert the entire staff when changes are made to the fire safety plan
- Inspect office equipment on a regular basis
- Keep fire equipment in plain sight
- Prohibit smoking at and around work areas
- Have an alarm system that consists of visual and audible signals
- Post reporting instructions and local Fire Department codes around the office
- Conduct regular fire drills
- Include disabled employees in the fire emergency planning process
- Appoint a fire safety leader
- Keep work areas clean and free from clutter including waste paper and trash
- Replace damaged electrical cords
- Help maintain machinery to prevent overheating
- Never overload circuits
- Make sure papers and books are not piled on top of computer monitors
- Always report malfunctioning electrical equipment
- Make sure heat-producing equipment is far away from anything that could burn including copiers, fax machines, coffee makers and computers
- Remember to get rid of trash regularly so it does not accumulate
- Keep dock areas neat and clean
- Know the location of fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers
- Smoke in designated areas only
- Become familiar with the proper exits and emergency procedures
- Follow building security measures to prevent arson fires – lock up and report suspicious individuals
- Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits
- Keep emergency telephone numbers and the office address readily available
- Never run extension cords across doorways or where they can easily be stepped on or run over by chairs and other furniture
- Avoid plugging more than one extension cord into an outlet
Wireless Emergency Alerts - Stay Informed Of Weather Alerts in Oceanside
How can Oceanside residents stay informed about emergencies in their communities? WEAs!
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to you mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g. AMBER Alerts).
Government partners include local and state public safety agents, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
This is America’s wireless industry helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens.
The great piece of this is that there is no signup required, and Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during an emergency. With WEA, alerts may be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way.
A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. WEA message will include a special tone and vibration, with both repeated twice.
The National Weather Service will send the following types of messages:
- Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
- Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings
Of course, Oceanside does not receive some of these extreme weather conditions, but SERVPRO of North Oceanside recommends staying ALERT for WEAs!
SERVPRO of North Oceanside can assess your situation and help to remediate your mold problem!
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of North Oceanside can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Mold Safety Tips - What do you do if you suspect mold growth?
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of North Oceanside for mold remediation services.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of North Oceanside specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (760) 721-8929
Commercial Fire Sprinkler Systems
No business, wants to deal with the destruction caused by fire. One of the best ways to minimize potential damage and associated expenses is to maintain a commercial fire sprinkler system. A sprinkler system is a highly effective fire suppression strategy that can prevent many significant losses.
1. They're Activated by Heat, Not Smoke
A sprinkler system is not activated by smoke Instead, the heat generated by a fire rises to the ceiling, where the sprinkler heads are located. Sensors recognize the change in temperature and trigger the release of water. Only sprinklers in the area of the fire will be activated. It is possible that only a single sprinkler head will deploy.
2. They Use High-Pressure Water
The pipes that feed the fire sprinkler system are filled with pressurized water at all times. There will be no delay between the activation of the system and the release of water. The volume of water from even a single sprinkler can help contain a fire, which reduces fire and water damage to the rest of the structure. By the time the fire department arrives, the fire will likely not have spread further. It may even be extinguished by the sprinkler system.
3. They Can Minimize Cleanup After a Fire
Minimal fire sprinkler cleanup is another key advantage of a sprinkler system. While there will still be fire and water damage, it is likely to be much less extensive than what you'd find in a building without a sprinkler system. The fire damage should be limited to the area where sprinklers activated. The water damage from sprinklers is far less intrusive than water damage caused by fire hoses.
Any fire will cause structural and water damage. The primary benefit of a fire sprinkler system is that inevitable damage will be kept to a minimum, resulting in saved dollars and saved lives.
SERVPRO of North Oceanside is hiring.
SERVPRO of North Oceanside is seeking an experienced technician. Company vehicles are used as well as uniforms are provided. Pay is competitive with benefits following a probation period. Experience is needed with an IICRC WTR certification is a plus. Call us at (760) 721-8929.
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