March is Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines. Not only that this month marks the start of the hot and dry weather in the country, it’s also under the Proclamation Numbers 115-A in 1966 and 360 in 1989 to exercise safety and precautions during this time of the year.
While records of the past years have shown higher numbers of fires during March, it’s still important to be alert and knowledgeable at all times as fire incidents can happen anytime and anywhere. So here are the things you can do to prevent fire accumulation in your office or any other workplace.
Don’t take designated smoking areas lightly as these are implemented for important reasons. Avoid smoking near chemical storage areas or flammable equipment. It’s equally important to practice proper disposal of cigarettes as well.
Being tidy sure has its rewards. Organize your office belongings to ensure it will neither hinder any attempt of escape nor add fuel to the fire.
Fire equipment and emergency exits
Ensuring easy access to the nearest emergency exit and knowing where fire extinguishers are placed can mean life or death. Make sure to keep them on top of your mind.
Maintain electrical equipment
Many fire accidents stem from faulty wirings. Make sure to maintain and monitor electrical equipments regularly.
Check sprinkler system and smoke detectors
A sprinkler system and smoke detectors are mandatory in any commercial space. Make sure the ones in your establishment are functioning properly, because nothing is worse than having a false sense of security.
Knowledge on operating fire extinguishers
It doesn’t take a professional to operate a fire extinguisher. Just remember the acronym P.A.S.S. which stands for:
Pull the pin.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Know your fire
Be aware of the types of fire you may encounter such as:
Class A fires are from ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, and many plastics.
Class B fires originates from flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-based paints, solvents, alcohols.
Class C fires are fires originating from electrical equipment, however, removal of its power source can make it into another class of fire.
Class D fires are from combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, lithium, and potassium.
Class K fires are fires in cooking oils and greases such as animal and vegetable fats.
Secure your business
One of the best protections for your workplace is a reliable and comprehensive property insurance in the Philippines which ensures that all damages from the fire incident will be covered including debris removal, professional fees and fire fighting expense.
In Malayan Insurance’s Business Protect, a 24-hour, 365-day protection is guaranteed not only for the establishment but also to its employees, giving the business extra leverage in all aspects.
Aside from these fire safety tips, it is also ideal to keep emergency hotline (911) in your speed dial. And more importantly, remember to be calm at all times. Stay safe!