This page is designed to answer the following questions:
Fire can cause damage, injury and death and most fires are preventable. Therefore, it is important that all employees understand about fire prevention and how fires can spread.
For a fire to start, three things are needed:
- Fuel e.g. combustible materials like paper, wood etc.
This is represented by the Fire Triangle below.
When these three things combine, a chemical reaction takes place which creates fire.
Removing any one of the three ‘sides’ of the fire triangle will prevent a fire from starting or spreading.
Practical advice for fire prevention include:
- keeping flammable substances (fuel) and ignition sources (heat) apart
- keeping the workplace clean and tidy – rubbish left lying around is a source of fuel for a fire
- avoid using naked flames unless absolutely necessary
- do not smoke in the workplace
- do not leave food cooking unattended
- avoid using portable heaters where possible
Practical advice for preventing fires from spreading include:
- using fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers or fire blankets
- closing doors
- having a clean and tidy workplace
- call emergency services as soon as possible