Workplace Fire Safety

Fire safety in the workplace includes addressing the following:

  •  Building Exits
  •  Fire Extinguishers
  •  Evacuation Planning
  •  Preventing Fires


Building Exits

The workplace should have two means of escape remote from each other to be used in case of a fire emergency. Doors must not be locked or blocked to prevent emergency use while employees are in the building. Exit routes must be clear and free of obstructions and properly marked with signs designating EXIT from the building.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers must be in place for the type of fire hazards present in the workplace. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher.

Evacuation Planning

Know your workplace evacuation plan. An emergency plan describing the routes used to evacuate the building and procedures accounting for all employees must be implemented. Be prepared in case of a fire emergency.

Preventing Fires

Stopping unwanted fires from occurring is the most efficient way to handle them. Procedures for controlling workplace ignition sources such as smoking, welding and burning must be addressed. Heat producing equipment such as burners, boilers, ovens, stoves, fryers, etc., must be properly maintained and kept clean of accumulation of flammable residues.

Fire Safety Checklist

  • RUBBISH - Dispose of daily; do not allow unnecessary accumulation.
  • FLAMMABLES - Store safely in proper containers; no breaks, or spills.
  • HOUSEKEEPING - Keep the work area neat and clean.
  • WIRING - Report or repair unsafe conditions.
  • MACHINERY - Keep clean and in good working order.
  • COMBUSTIBLES - Keep well away from sources of heat (at least 3 feet).
  • SMOKING - Designate a safe area, and safe disposal.
  • VENTILATION - Ventilate waste and high-fume areas.
  • EXTINGUISHERS - Keep in place the proper ones and mark them well if out of sight.
  • EXITS, PASSAGEWAYS - Keep clear, unobstructed and unlocked!
  • EVACUATION ALARM - Recognize it!
  • EVACUATION PROCEDURES - Practice and make sure everyone knows the procedures.
  • ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT - Keep at a minimum clearance of at least 3 feet . Do not overload circuits.


Preventing Workplace Fires

Remember: you can help prevent workplace fires.

  • KNOW how fires are caused.
  • REPORT or repair unsafe conditions.
  • PRACTICE good housekeeping.
  • LEARN emergency procedures


For additional information about preventing workplace fires, please print the Workplace Safety brochure to share with everyone in the workplace.


External Links

Home Safety Council

This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011