Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: September 30th, 2015
October is Fire Prevention Month and Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 is Fire Prevention Week. The theme for 2015 is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep—Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Here are seven statistics relating to workplace and home fire safety that you should share with your workers:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just over three percent of all workplace fatalities in 2013 were caused by fires and explosions.
- More than 50 percent of people who operate a fire extinguisher do so incorrectly or dangerously, such as using the wrong type of fire extinguisher on a fire; not sweeping across a fire; not aiming at the base of a fire; or not continuing to spray after a fire is out. (Fire & Safety Australia)
- There are approximately 6,000 office fires across the United States every year. (Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division)
- Five common fire and life safety hazards to watch for in the workplace are missing or broken fire safety equipment; burned out exit lights; accumulated trash; open fire doors; and blocked stairways. (Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division)
- In an average week, eight Canadians die as a result of fires. (Government of Canada)
- Workplace fires kill 200 workers and injure about 5,000 more throughout the United States every year. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- Workers should never fight a workplace fire under these three conditions: If the fire is large or spreading quickly; if their escape route could be blocked by the spread of fire; and if they are not trained in the correct use of a fire extinguisher or are unsure of the type of fire that is burning.
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