The following checklist for fire safety in Industry is printed with acknowledgement to the Fire Protection Association, U.K. It should be of assistance in maintaining premises reasonably safe from fire.

  • Are the premises kept clear of all kinds of refuse and process waste?
  • Is waste swept up and removed from the premises at least daily?
  • Are areas in and around the building kept free from accumulated packing materials such as empty wooden crates, straw, paper, etc.?
  • Are metal bins with lids provided for readily combustible waste materials such as oily rags?
  • Is there fire resisting separation between storage and raw material areas and manufacturing areas?
  • Are storage places accessible to fire fighters?
  • Are there clear spaces around stacks of stored materials and adequate gangways between them?
  • If a sprinkler system is installed are stacks of material arranged so that they do not impede the effective operation of the sprinklers?
  • Are stocks of paint, lacquer, flammable solvents, thinners and other flammables stored in detached single story buildings of entirely non-combustible construction which are used for no other purpose?
  • Are flammable liquids carried about in safety containers and not in open tins, buckets, etc.?
  • Are flammable liquids handled only at a safe distance from possible sources of ignition?
  • Are suitable non-sparking tools provided for use in places where flammable liquids are kept or used?
  • Is machinery regularly inspected with the emphasis on lubrication and cleanliness?
  • Are drip trays provided?
  • Have steps been taken to prevent floors and walls becoming soaked with oil?
  • Are heating appliances at a safe distance from woodwork and combustible building boards?
  • Are portable heaters securely guarded and placed or fixed so that they cannot be knocked over?
  • Are defects in electrical equipment remedied at once?
  • Are electrical installations tested and inspected at least every three years?
  • Is temporary extension wiring kept to a minimum and care taken not to overload existing circuits?
  • Is the use of portable lamps kept to a minimum and are those used provided with strong wire guards?
  • Are the main switches of all electrical circuits in the off position when the equipment is not in use?
  • Is fire equipment maintained in good working order at all times and is it accessible for immediate use?
  • Are fire resisting doors kept closed whenever possible and always after working hours?
  • Does the watchman have access to a telephone and if so does he know how to use it?
  • Is the telephone number of the fire brigade prominently displayed?
  • Is the watchman trained in the use of first aid and fire fighting equipment?
  • Is a routine inspection of the premises made when work has finished?
  • Is there someone on the staff at management level responsible for fire prevention measures?
  • Is every employee aware of the means of escape from the premises?
  • Does every employee know how to use the fire equipment?
  • To obviate water damage are goods stored clear of the floor?
  • Are drains and scuppers provided and are they kept unobstructed?
  • Are adequate receptacles for cigarette ends provided?
  • Are these receptacles emptied when work is finished each day?
  • Are the buildings so maintained as to be proof against the entry of intruders or the accidental entry of sparks or water?
  • Is there a system of supervision of any welding operations or other hot work that may be carried out on the premises?
  • If the answer to any of the above questions is NO!! immediate action should be taken.

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