Workplace Fire Safety: How to Prevent Accidental Fires

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fires and explosions accounted for 88 fatal occupational injuries in 2016. While this number has declined by 22 percent compared to the previous year, it is still a significant concern for employers of commercial workplaces and small businesses. Equipment and building losses can add up; however, worker safety is the most important aspect of fire safety.

When considering fire safety precautions in the workplace, there are some simple guidelines and equipment use that businesses should consider. Some general tips for a fire-safe environment include:

Fire Extinguishers

Ensure the proper amount of fire extinguishers are in place and that the right types are located near already known fire hazards. It is also recommended to train employees on how to operate the equipment properly.

Fire Alarms, Smoke Detectors, and Sprinklers

Make sure fire alarms can detect a fire hazard within enough time for all workers to exit the building. If an alarm system is electric, a backup power supply must be established. Employees should know how to operate the system and what actions to take if the fire alarm goes off. Test fire alarms and sprinkler systems at least once per year.

Clear Escape Routes

Not only should fire alarms or smoke detectors warn workers of danger, but employees also need to be aware of all emergency exits. An emergency plan or drill can help train employees on important fire protocols. Clearly post exit diagrams of your building’s floor plan and provide well-lit emergency exits signs over doorways.

Chemical Safety

Chemicals are not always a consideration when businesses think of fire hazards. However, it is essential to use and store all chemicals safely. Determine a chemical’s flammability by reading the label and store it accordingly. Emergency eyewash stations can also protect employees from serious injuries and keep a business compliant with codes and regulations.

When in Doubt, ACT!

ACT is a safety acronym that companies can share with their employees when teaching fire safety:

  • Assess the situation.
  • Choose your response.
  • Take action.

Fire hazards can be dangerous, and sometimes businesses and workers are underprepared. But, with simple fire safety guidelines in mind, it’s possible to avoid or prevent any potential disasters when employees ACT quickly.

Contact the Fire Safety Experts

When in doubt, contact your “one stop safety shop.” ABC Fire Extinguisher Company assists business owners in the Pittsburgh area with system installation and inspection, equipment maintenance, and employee training. Additionally, we sell and service first aid cabinets, AEDs, and eye wash stations. Since 1960, we have helped commercial businesses protect property and save lives through quality fire prevention products and expert safety services. Call 412-821-9345 or contact us online to speak with our fire safety professionals.

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These include the cities of: Pittsburgh, Cranberry Township, Wexford, Washington, Greensburg, Butler, Beaver, Canonsburg, Mars, Allison Park, Monroeville, Irwin, McKeesport, Peters Township, Murrysville, Latrobe, Beaver Falls, Coraopolis, Sewickley, New Castle, Ellwood City, Zelienople, Gibsonia, Evans City, and all other cities within these counties.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016.” Retrieved from: