Business Continuity NewsBriefs - October 3, 2018
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Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Safety

October 3, 2018 - National Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 in the week in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred Oct. 8-10 and killed more than 300 people. October also is National Fire Prevention Month. Each year at this time we like to focus on fire safety, prevention, and preparedness. Take a look at these articles to see how to prepare and stay safe at work and at home. Don't take your safety for granted.

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware -- fire can happen anywhere. 
-- Theme of 2018 Fire Prevention Week --

1. Emergency and Fire Safety Preparedness

The most common workplace emergency is fire. The best way to prevent injuries and deaths from fires is to prevent fires in the first place. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 75,000 workplace fires and related explosions occur each year. Not all businesses are required to have a fire safety plan in place, but OSHA advises employers to be proactive by teaching workers about fire hazards and showing them what to do in a fire emergency.

2. Fire Safety Resource Guide

Picture this: You're sound asleep when you're jolted awake by smoke, flames, and blaring smoke detectors. The scariest part? You and your family have less than two minutes to get out before smoke/flames engulf the building. With so little time to think or act in the moment, it's vital to prepare yourself with fire safety education.

3. Close before you doze (video)

Closing bedroom doors at night can significantly increase chances of survival. I was convinced after watching this video... the temperature inside a closed bedroom is 100 degrees -- 900 degrees cooler than an open bedroom. Think about it.

4. Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace - A Comprehensive Resource

According to author David Osborne, the United States has the highest fatality rate from fire in the industrial world. Why? Because we spend most of our money responding to fire, not preventing them. Read and download these tips to help keep your workplace safer for everyone.

5. Fire Extinguisher Training - PASS

So you have plenty of fire extinguishers in your building. But are they always accessible? And do employees know how to use them? Many people have no clue the proper way to use one... this video is clear and concise and should be shared with employees.

6. Fire Evacuation Procedures in the Workplace

It's very important to have evacuation procedures in place in the event a fire occurs in the workplace or office building. Disorganized evacuations may result in injuries, property damage, and confusion, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA). No matter what type of building you work in, there are specific evacuation procedures to follow.

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