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Fire Prevention


The greatest protection against property loss and injuries from fire is prevention. Follow these guidelines to promote fire/life safety:

  • Minimize combustible storage.
  • Store waste materials in suitable containers.
  • Use flammable materials in well-ventilated areas. Use and store flammables away from ignition sources, such as cigarettes.
  • Keep equipment in good working order. Have electrical wiring and appliances inspected regularly.
  • Ensure that heating units are properly safeguarded.
  • Do not hunt for gas leaks using a open flame. Use approved gas indicators.
  • Report and repair all gas leaks immediately.
  • Conduct hot work in well-ventilated areas.
  • Test enclosed or confined spaces for flammable atmospheres.
  • Use open flames carefully. Do not use open flames where flammable atmospheres may be present.

For more information on fire/life safety, refer to other chapters in this manual, including Emergency Preparedness, Electrical Safety, Laboratory Safety, Chemical Safety, Confined Space, etc.



May 2011
Revised November 2014