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What Are Some Common Fire Prevention Precautions?

An aggressive fire prevention plan is essential for worker safety.

It is very important to be familiar with your facility's fire emergency plan.

The plan should cover the different types of alarms at the facility, the locations of alarm boxes, how the alarms are triggered, evacuation routes, muster stations, fire extinguisher locations, and personnel responsibilities.

Fire emergency plans are site-specific, and will cover the additional hazards and procedures of the site.

In case of an incident, know the locations of the alarm boxes, eye wash stations, safety showers, escape routes, the locations of fire extinguishers and other life-saving equipment, and the wind and weather conditions at the site.

Removing unnecessary materials that might serve as fuel, such as trash and flammable or combustible liquids, decreases the chance that potential sources of ignition will create a fire. U.S. Energy Management regulations maintain that a 35 foot radius surrounding the hot-work area must be free of combustible materials before hot-work can begin, OSHA regulations extend to a 50 foot radius for the use of flammable liquids. This includes checking below decks and anywhere that fire or slag could fall.

When hot work is conducted over grating, pipe racks, exposed areas or other equipment, an approved fire blanket composed of latex and fiberglass must be used to protect equipment from sparks and slag. Use plumbers’ plugs to seal off drains from fire, slag and other ignition sources.

Atmospheric testing is required both before and during hot work for two distinct purposes. First, to evaluate hazards, and second to verify acceptable conditions exist.

Additional responsibilities could include roping off hot-work areas with red danger tape, and stopping unauthorized people from entering the designated hot-work area.

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