Fire Safety

Published: | Updated: September 3, 2019

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
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