Environmental Health and Safety
Fire Prevention Reminders
Fire safety guidelines to help prevent fires or reduce risks:
· Avoid stacking combustible materials (paper, cardboard, wood) on top of cabinets and high shelves.
· Do not block sprinkler heads or intended water trajectory with temporary walls, high furniture (shelves & cabinets), or stacked goods.
· Do not hang objects or secure cables on sprinkler lines or heads.
· Keep clutter to a minimum.
· Keep flammable chemicals in fireproof cabinets or containers.
· Keep oily or solvent soaked rags in covered containers.
· Use solvents only in well-ventilated areas, free from spark-producing sources.
· Do not block electrical panels, fuse boxes, or obstruct access to extinguishers.
· Know where the emergency or main power switch is located for large equipment, equipment posing special hazards, or equipment with moving parts.
· Keep electrical equipment in good operating condition. Use only UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) listed, certified, or approved equipment.
· Never attempt to fix an electrical extension cord (replace it) or electrical equipment (call Maintenance for assistance).
· Never cut off the grounding prong (rounded third prong) on an electrical plug.
· Never shunt across a fuse socket (by using a penny or other metal object in place of an appropriate fuse). It is extremely dangerous to circumvent safety systems. Do not use a fuse rated higher than what is specified for the circuit.
· Do not run 110-volt equipment on 220 voltage or vise versa.
· Do not use electrical equipment near a sink, or other water, and keep liquids away from electrical outlets and equipment. [this is especially important in older buildings without Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI)]
· Never hang or string electrical cords along ceilings or high on walls. Never use electrical cords to hang objects from.
· Use only grounded electrical extension cords and ensure that they are not damaged (no exposed wires or loose plugs). Avoid stepping on or stretching extension cords (or any electrical cord). Use the right cord for the equipment/load and intended environment.
· Use appropriate (fused) multi-plug extension units – don’t overload outlets with gimmicky multi-plug units.
· Avoid overloading circuits (if you are using a lot of electrical equipment in one place, check with Maintenance Dept. to see if additional circuits are needed in your area).
· If you must use a space heater, ensure that it meets safety guidelines and you use it wisely:
· Always shut device off when leaving the area (even for short periods like lunch)
· Keep at least 36” from combustible material
· Use only UL approved devices
· Kerosene, LPG or similar fueled or solid fuel heaters are prohibited. Electrical fan driven devices are preferred.
· Must have temperature limit cutoff device.
· Must have "tip-over" automatic shutoff switch.
· Do not smoke inside the building and never place cigarette butts or spent matches in a trashcan or on dry vegetation.
· Take extra precautions around Christmas with any combustible decorations and lighting (carefully check cords for damage, heat generation, and don’t leave open sockets exposed). Cords generate heat, keep them away from combustible materials. Don’t use candles.
· Do not store combustible products in mechanical rooms, stairways or hallways.
· When stacking boxes and other materials leave at least 18” between stack and ceiling.
· Take precautions whenever working around open flames. Special procedures might be required when using flammable gases (check with EH&S 4428).