The Basics of Fire Safety
Fire can be one of the most devastating of all emergencies in an academic setting. Each year accidental fires cost thousands of people their livelihood – and for thousands more – their lives. The most important fact is that almost all of these fires could have been prevented. By recognizing fire hazards and learning how to correct them, you can help prevent fire and save lives.
Recognizing Fire Hazards
Fire can be caused by a variety of hazards including unprotected or faulty equipment, unsafe storage of combustible/flammable materials, inadequate ventilation, failure to follow established safety guidelines (such as smoking in restricted areas), inattention, human error and arson. Fortunately most of these fire hazards can be recognized and corrected by keeping alert to potentially hazardous situations.
Preventing Fire Hazards
- Keep work and refuse areas clean and free of debris. If you require assistance in removing refuse in your work area, please contact WFSM Housekeeping at 716-4417.
- Keep equipment and machinery clean and in good operating condition.
- All electrical equipment shall be Listed/Approved and bear the appropriate label of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Incorporated, or the Factory Mutual Engineering Association.
- Make sure all electrical equipment is protected (i.e. covers or insulation).
- Never overload circuits.
- Heating appliances, including employee-provided equipment (i.e. space heaters), shall be:
- Provided with a pilot lamp to indicate when the appliance is energized.
- Directly connected to the electrical system without the use of any extension cords or other temporary wiring, if a thermostat controls it.
- Unplugged outside of normal working hours.
- Never leave open flames or heating devices unattended.
- Use caution when operating welding and other spark-producing equipment
- Store flammable/combustible materials in appropriate containers away from heat sources
- Dispose of flammables and other chemicals through the Medical Center Hazardous Waste Program. Further information may be obtained by viewing the Waste Management Program
- Report all spills (716-9111) and have appropriate spill cleanup materials available in your work area.
- Keep fire exits/escape routes clear and well marked. If uncertain of the fire exits in your area please view the Building Evacuation Plans.
- Know the where fire pull boxes are located.
- Report suspicious persons to Security 716-3305.
For further details please contact David Sheehan at 716-1223. To report a hazard click here.