Definition - What does Fire Safety mean?
Fire safety refers to planning and infrastructure design aimed at reducing the risk of fire or impeding the spread of a fire when one does break out.
Fire safety encompasses the use of fire-resistant building materials, preventative actions, safe work practices, fire safety training, flame-resistant protective clothing, and more.
Safeopedia explains Fire Safety
OSHA's fire industry standard for general industry is 29 CFR 1910. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) also have a number of regulations aimed at ensuring fire safety in workplaces.
Fire safety includes the following:
- Ensuring adherence to local building codes
- Ensuring the provisions of fire codes (exists, stairs, markings and signage etc.) are followed
- Compliance with electrical safety codes
- Fire risk assessments when a building, equipment, or process is modified
- Proper stowage of flammable and hazardous materials
- Installation of fire detection and automatic or semi-automatic fire alarm systems
- Arrangement of correct types of operational fire extinguishers and hydrants
- Training users in fire extinguishers, fire alarm, emergency evacuation and assembly procedures
- Conducting fire drills regularly by coordinating with the local fire department