Fire Safety at Work
Preventing Fire in the Workplace
- Read your building's evacuation plan.
- Count the doors or desks between where you work and the nearest exits.
- Know at least two ways out of your work area.
- Know where the fire alarm pull stations are located and learn how to use them.
- Post the fire department's emergency number by your phone.
- Keep tops of computer monitors clear and give heat-producing equipment room to breathe.
- Don't overload outlets or plug extension cords into each other.
- Avoid pinching electrical cords under furniture.
- Report and replace frayed electrical cords.
- Keep stairways and exits clear of trash, cleaning supplies, and other combustibles.
- Unplug coffeemakers and other appliances when you leave work.
- Smoke only in designated areas and use large, non-tip ashtrays.
- NEVER IGNORE THE FIRE ALARM!
Plan Ahead for a Fire Emergency
If you have a physical disability, make sure your employer includes your special needs in evacuation plans.
- Post building-evacuation plan
- Conduct regular mandatory fire drills
- Include disabled employees in emergency planning
Protect your workplace. Lock doors after hours and keep public areas well lit and clear of brush and rubbish.
If a fire strikes:
- Leave immediately and close doors behind you.
- Sound the alarm--even for a small fire.
- If you see smoke, try another escape route.
- If you have to escape through smoke, crawl. Keep your head one to two feet (30 to 60 centimeters) above the floor. That's where the air will be cleanest.
- Test doorknobs and the space between the door and the frame with the back of your hand before opening. If the door is warm, try another escape route. If it's cool, open it slowly. Be ready to slam the door shut if smoke pours through.
- Report and stay at a designated evacuation site.
For more information, you can contact:
Public Affairs and Life Safety Education Section
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-246-3801 or TTY 711