Select the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Remember, PPE must be worn until the electrical system is in a safe condition.
All hospitals and nursing homes must have stairway exits that are clearly marked with signs that are lit up so that all can see them. Nursing assistants must tell patients and residents to use the stairs and NOT the elevator if a fire starts in the area and they have to be moved to another floor of the facility for safety. Everyone must use the stairs.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is required to be provided by companies whose products or manufacturing processes are hazardous to the health of the employee. It is not just up to the company to provide them however, it’s also up to the employee to use them.
Teach children not to play with matches or lighters. Store them out of sight and reach.
Teach your children what to do if they smell smoke or hear the smoke alarm.
Have children practice escaping from a fire.
Place pots and pans on the rear burner of the stove and always turn handles inward so they are not accessible to toddlers.
Keep the cords for crockpots, coffee makers, and deep fryers out of the reach of small children.
Extinguish the fire if you can safely do it without causing any danger to yourself and others. If the fire is a very small one that you can quickly and safely put out using water or a fire extinguisher, do it. If the fire is too big, get everyone out and pull the alarm.
Never try repairing energized equipment. Always check that it is de-energized first by using a tester. When an electric tester touches a live or hot wire, the bulb inside the tester lights up showing that an electrical current is flowing through the respective wire. Check all the wires, the outer metallic covering of the service panel and any other hanging wires with an electrical tester before proceeding with your work.
Never use metallic pencils or rulers, or wear rings or metal watchbands when working with electrical equipment. This rule is very easy to forget, especially when you are showing some electrical part pointing with metallic pencil.
Keeping floors clean and dry will help prevent slip and fall injuries — the third-leading cause of worker injury and lost work time. Stocking absorbent mat pads and wipers in spill-prone locations helps employees clean up spills quickly, so the chance of a slip-and-fall incident is reduced and exposure is minimized.
Fire stairs provide a safe environment that will lead you to a safe place away from the building. Never chock open any fire stair doors as this will cause smoke and heat to enter the fire stairs.
On/off switches should be provided either on the equipment or on the cords, avoid having to pull the plug to shut off the power. Never pull a plug out by the cord. To remove a plug from an outlet, take a firm grip on and pull the plug itself.