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Fire Safety at Work and at Home

At Work

Accidental fires are an unusual occurrence in most workplaces. So it is easy to take for granted some of the everyday hazards that, if overlooked, can contribute to the occurrence of these fires. So here are some general tips to help prevent accidental fires at work, as well as at your home:

  • Dispense flammable liquids only in areas free from sparks, flames, and other sources of ignition ;
  • Keep all containers of flammable liquids closed or covered when they are not in use. And return them to their designated storage area when you are done using them.
  • When dispensing flammable liquid from one container into another, bond the two containers together and ground one. This helps prevent the build-up of static electricity, which can create a spark and ignite the vapors;
  • Discard all rags and waste materials that are impregnated with flammable or combustible liquids, oil, or grease in covered, self-closing metal containers (should be colored red), and empty these containers into designated receptacles at the end of your shift;
  • Keep all waste paper, cardboard, and similar combustible materials cleaned up and placed in designated waste receptacles. Letting these items accumulate on the floor or other work areas creates an unnecessary fire hazard;
  • Only use flame or spark-producing equipment, such as welders, torches, and grinders, in designated areas. Special approval of management must be obtained to use this type equipment in areas where it is not normally used;
  • Smoking is allowed only in designated areas. Always dispose of butts in designated receptacles;
  • Make certain to avoid stacking materials too close to fire sprinkler heads, as doing so can affect their ability to disperse water adequately when activated; usually we must maintain a minimum of 18 inches of clearance below the level of the sprinkler heads;
  • Make sure portable fire extinguishers remain fully charged and accessible at all times.

At Home

    Interesting Facts About House Fires

    • House fires peak around the dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
    • Cooking equipment is responsible for a majority of fire related injuries
    • Only 20% of reported house fires occurred between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. However these fires caused half (51%) of all home fire deaths.
    • 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

    Ways to Prevent a Fire in the Home

    • Keep combustible items at least three feet away from objects that create heat such as heaters.
    • Never smoke in bed or while lying down on a couch.
    • Do not leave portable heaters on overnight.
    • Keep lighters and matches out of reach where kids cannot get to them.
    • Do not leave the kitchen unattended when cooking. Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.

    Other Safety Measures

    • Install smoke alarms on every floor of the house and in every bedroom. Test the alarms at least once a month and change the batteries as needed.
    • Have an approved and functional fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
    • Have a plan of evacuation and teach kids what to do if there is a fire. Have backup plans in case the fire blocks the primary route or exit.
    • Practice fire drills periodically with the whole family.


    The best way to avoid a fire is to take action towards preventing one. Follow the prevention measures mentioned above. The next best thing to do is to be prepared if there is a fire. Having a plan and practicing that plan can keep your family and coworkers safe during a fire situation. These safety measures may save your life or one of your family or friends in the future.

    Please keep in touch with your Operations Manager with any change in health, safety incidents, schedules, or any stories, good or bad, that need to be told.

    Stay Safe.

    Contact Lance: 

    Site Operations Coordinator
    NSTAR Global Services
    Mobile +1.208.598.1934

    We are committed to providing a safe work environment!
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