Fire Safety On the Job-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fire Safety On the Job

EH&S strives to keep you safe during your work day, so at the end of your shift you can return to your loved ones safe and sound. Many of you are required to take various types of safety training that pertains to your job. Besides being a requirement, the purpose of such training is to keep you, the employee, safe.

October 6th to the 12th is being recognized as National Fire Prevention Week. I would like to take this opportunity to share information regarding fire safety on the job.
                                                        PREVENT FIRES AT WORK
•    Make sure that appliances such as coffeemakers, hot plates, and space heaters are turned off and unplugged when you leave for the day.
•    Keep extension cords from getting caught or pinched under or behind carpets and furniture.   Repair or replace damaged electrical cords.
•    Do not burn candles in your work area.
•    Smoke only in designated areas. If the smoking receptacle is full please notify FMS so that it can be emptied to reduce the chance of it catching fire.

PREPARE FOR A FIRE EMERGENCY
•    Know the sound of your building alarm.
•    Know how to escape from wherever you are in the building.
•    Know at least 2 ways out of your building. The most direct path out of the building is your primary exit route. Should your primary exit route become compromised know the next quickest way out of the building, which is your secondary exit route.
•    Locate the nearest fire alarm pull station and know how to use it. By code there needs to be a fire alarm pull station within 5’ of an exit door.
•    Call University Police at 8-2323 in the event of an emergency.

IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE
•    Activate the  nearest  fire  alarm  pull
    station.
•    Leave immediately (if you choose quickly gather personal belongings) and close doors behind you as you evacuate. This helps to minimize the spread of smoke and fire.
•    Once outside, move away from the building to your designated assembly area.

By: Richard Caruso, rmcaruso@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-9404