Fire Hazards

Published: | Updated: July 15, 2018;

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
  • Sparks
  • 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
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