Definition - What does Fire Hazards mean?
Fire hazards are workplace hazards that involve the presence of flame or the risk of an uncontrolled fire.
Fire hazards include:
- Live flames
- Hot objects
- Flammable chemicals
- Chemicals that can aggravate a fire
Another category of fire hazards are situations and events that impede fire protection and prevention methods. This can include impediments to firefighting, compromised built-in fire safety systems, and situations that restrict the escape of people from an affected building or area in the event of a fire.
Safeopedia explains Fire Hazards
OSHA requires workers to train all employees to recognize fire hazards, use fire extinguishing equipment and systems in a safe and effective manner, and how to evacuate safely in the event that a fire cannot be controlled.
Every workplace that has potential fire hazards must be equipped with a sufficient number of conveniently located and easily accessible fire exits.
The following fire hazards are found in various workplaces:
- Open flames used in various applications (such as welding)
- Electric wires, higher loads, loose connections, and old electrical equipment
- All cooking and heat generating appliances
- Smoking and the use of personal lighters or matches
- Improper or unauthorized stowage of flammable and hazardous materials and chemicals
- Insufficient capacity and numbers of emergency exits and stairs
- Hindrance to sight or reach firefighting equipment, markings, and alarm systems
- Insufficient numbers and types of fire extinguishers
- Absence of fire detection and alarm system
- Violation of building and fire codes