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Five Minute Safety Talk No.6

已有 1124 次阅读2015-6-12 20:15

"Fire Safety"


Most of you have heard a fire siren wailing in the night. It can send chills through you. If you're away from home at the time, the sound might bring on a feeling of concern for the safety of your family. Or you might even wonder if there's a fire at the place where you work. In many cases, when the siren sounds, it's too late.

I'd like to talk for a few moments about fire prevention. My remarks will deal with fire safety on the job, but many of the same principles should certainly be applied at home.

Actually, fire safety rules are so commonplace that we may become indifferent toward them. This lack of personal interest has been responsible for many fires and on-the-job accidents.

When your job goes up in smoke, you not only lose the source of your livelihood but also the part of you that had been going into your work. The days of your life, which through your job had helped transform a building into a productive business, are wiped out.

For a moment, let's review the leading causes of industrial fires. Number one on the list is electrical failure or misuse of electrical equipment. Next, listed in order, are friction, foreign substances, open flames, and then smoking and matches.

What can we as employees do to combat these hazards? First of all, we can comply with regulations: obey "No Smoking" signs, dispose of cigarettes and matches by placing them in the proper receptacles, and make sure they are extinguished. We should watch for frayed electrical cords and overloaded circuits and dispose of flammable wastes and scrap by placing them in metal containers.

Another important point to remember is to store combustibles in a safe area. You do-it-yourselfers might take note here to check on this at home, too. Combustible materials and fumes from paint, solvents, and other flammables are responsible for many fires both in home and industry. Fumes can reach out a considerable distance and become ignited by a furnace, stove, electrical equipment, or even a lit cigarette.

Industrial fires not only result in economic loss but in human suffering, as well. The following eye-witness account by a Michigan man gives a vivid description of what can happen when a spark ignites dust: "I went around the south side of the building. A young fellow who had just hired in about a month ago was lying on the ground in flames. I pulled off my work shirt and covered him up. I saw five other men walking and crawling to the west side of the building. Their clothes were all burning and they were all partially naked. The only person I really recognized was Alex because he was bigger and stockier than the rest. They were all burned real bad."

That was not intended to be a scare story. But, it was a real example of what can occur if we are not aware of the hazards which can develop quickly under certain circumstances.

If you should ever need to dispose of flammable liquids, don't pour them down the drain. A proper method of disposal will be provided. If you should have to burn waste paper, make sure it doesn't contain explosive materials, such as aerosol cans or paint cans.

We should all be familiar with the location and operation of fire fighting equipment. (Here the speaker may wish to indicate where fire extinguishers are located and what types of fires they are to be used on. Alarm procedure might also be reviewed.)

Proper maintenance procedures are also important to fire safety. If you use electrical equipment or tools, inspect them regularly to make sure they are working correctly. Keep mechanical equipment properly lubricated to avoid excessive friction. Keep spark arrestors on exhausts.

Some of these things may not seem to concern you directly. However, it's everyone's responsibility to keep their eyes open for safety hazards and to either eliminate them, or report them to supervisors.

Remember, fire safety is your contribution to your job security.


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