What Does Fire Protection Measures Mean?
Workplace fire protection measures are established my regulatory associations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).
They combine active fire protection measures (such as fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems to combat uncontrolled fires) and passive measures (such as fireproof building materials) to reduce the risk of fire and, in the event of a fire, reduce the damage or harm caused by the conflagration.
Safeopedia Explains Fire Protection Measures
Fire protection measures can include some of the following:
- Fire Escapes and Emergency Exits: In the event of a fire, it is important for workers to be able to safely and efficiently exit the facility. That means ensuring the right number of exits, as well as having exits in proximity to every work area. The number and location of the exits are determined by the number of employees and the size of the building.
- Firefighting Equipment: Facilities may require fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and fire hose systems. The equipment must be maintained and tested regularly to ensure its reliability.
- Protective Clothing: Workers who handle highly flammable material or may be exposed to flames are typically required to wear flame-resistant clothing.
- Emergency Response Plan: Adequate fire safety requires planning and preparation. Companies must draft an emergency response plan that includes procedures to follow in the event of a fire, as well as a clear chain of a command in the event of an emergency.
- Fire Safety Training and Awareness: Training programs should inform workers how to prevent fires as well as what to do in the event that a fire does break out. Companies can also run awareness campaigns to periodically remind workers of the risks and procedures surrounding fire safety.