Fire

Workplace Fire Safety

With the dry heat of summer, the dangers of fire become more and more real every day. While most people prepare their homes for the possibility of a fire, being ready to fight a fire at work is a less practiced art. Last week, we discussed the best fire safety tips for domestic situations. You can read my last fire safety installment here. However, there are still many other lifesaving fire tips to discuss. So, let’s extinguish our curiosity and begin. All workplaces are required to follow similar rules in regards to fire safety. First and foremost, all employees must receive proper training on what to do in case of an emergency. Workplaces can either ask employees to evacuate the premises immediately or to fight smaller fires. Organizations should seriously consider using job safety analysis for outlining fire safety procedures (here’s a good resource for that www.jsabuilder.com). In the case of…

Driving Safety

Driving and Cell Phones

When cell phones first appeared over forty-three years ago, they were bulky devices that were unattainable to the average person. Yet, in the modern world, nearly everyone owns not only a cellphone but a smartphone. With these added features and conveniences come new dangers and distractions. Easily the biggest danger of cell phones is the distraction they cause while driving. According to a survey done by Erie Insurance, one third of drivers admit to texting behind the wheel while three quarters of drivers have seen others texting and driving. A lot of people forget just how dangerous driving is. Despite the fact that most Americans drive on a daily basis, the vast majority of people take driving much less seriously than they should. Part of the reason why so many people text and drive must be due to the idea that bad things only ever happen to someone else. This…

Fire

Home Fire Safety

Since the beginning of time, humans have wanted to control fire. In the modern age, we’re able to utilize fire and similar heating properties in order to carry out everyday tasks in both domestic and professional environments. Unfortunately, whether you’re cooking in your own home or using heat in the workplace, losing control of a fire remains a constant threat, even with all the advances of the twenty-first century. In this article, I will be addressing fire safety in the home but don’t worry! There will be a follow up article concerning fire safety in the workplace coming next week. The most important step for domestic fire safety is creating a fire escape plan. However, just coming up with an emergency escape plan isn’t enough to truly prepare for a fire. You must go over the plan with the entirety of your household. In addition to talking about the plan…