Fire Hazards

Definition - What does Fire Hazards mean?

Fire hazards include all types of live flames, causes of sparks, hot objects, and chemicals that are potential for ignition, or that can aggravate a fire to become large and uncontrolled. Fire hazards also include all types of potential threats to fire prevention practices, firefighting, 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

Fire hazards pose threats to life and property. It is, therefore, the prime object of safety systems to detect, remove or reduce the risk of fire threatened by those potential hazards.

The following fire hazards are common at home, in public places, transports and work places:

  • All types of flames used for any work
  • Electric wires, higher loads, loose connections and old electrical equipment
  • All cooking and heat generating appliances
  • All works and situations where fire is essential such as welding, cutting, metal casting etc.
  • Improper stowage of tools, equipment and items during and at the end of the day’s work
  • Smoking and personal lighters and matches
  • Fireworks, pyro techniques, ammunitions and explosives
  • Improper and unauthorized stowage of flammable and hazardous materials and chemicals especially the flammable ones
  • 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
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