Fire Safety in Your Warehouse
In our last post, we went into more detail about the ergonomics aspect of warehouse safety. Now, it’s time to discuss another pressing warehouse safety concern: fire hazards. Fire hazards are a serious problem in industrial spaces such as your warehouse, and it is important that you and your employees follow proper fire safety procedures to ensure the safety of all. Read on to learn more about improving fire safety in your warehouse.
Follow Fire Codes & OSHA Standards
One of the most important aspects of fire safety in your warehouse is following the codes and standards that have been set. First, it is important to follow your local fire codes in terms of product placement and spacing. This includes not placing products too close to the ceiling, maintaining proper aisle clearances, and more. Consult with your local fire department to learn more about the fire codes in your area. Second, you must follow OSHA standards in terms of your electrical wiring system. If it is not up to these standards, your warehouse could have a serious fire hazard.
Remove Trash & Debris
Trash and other debris is something that can also pose a serious fire hazard in your warehouse, especially if it is allowed to build up over time. Your warehouse should have plenty of trash containers as well as a set schedule for when the trash is removed and who is responsible for it. You should also inspect your warehouse daily to ensure that all trash and debris is removed.
When it comes to warehouse fire safety, there is nothing more important than providing proper employee training. Without the right training, your employees will not be able to know the information relevant to fire safety, such as fire codes, regulations, OSHA standards, trash removal procedures, and how to use a fire extinguisher. Employees should go through a mandatory training session on fire safety prior to beginning work.
Have a Plan
Last but not least, it is crucial to have an evacuation plan for your warehouse in case fire does strike. This plan should include the layout of your warehouse with fire exits and extinguishers clearly labeled. Not only should this plan be prominently displayed throughout the warehouse in areas with high visibility and high traffic levels, but it should also be a part of the mandatory training session.