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Monthly tips from the Assistant Director of Fire Safety

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Enviromental Health and Safety Office

Did you know that of the approximately 4,000 people who lose their lives to fires in the United States, 200 of them are from New York?

The importance of regulating and enforcing building and fire codes is often overlooked until a tragedy occurs. Here are some tips to take toward workplace fire safety prevention:

  • Extinguish smoking materials in approved outdoor, non-tip ashtrays
  • Turn off electrical equipment at the end of the day
  • Avoid clutter that can block exits, hallways and windows
  • Dispose of empty boxes and waste paper
  • Avoid the use of extension cords
  • Do not overload outlets or combine power strips
  • Electrical panels need 3 feet of clearance on all sides and in front
  • Never block or obstruct any part of a fire detection system
  • Check fire extinguishers to make sure they are properly charged
  • Keep all material at least 18 inches below the bottom of a sprinkler head
  • Never park vehicles within 20 feet of any fire hydrant
  • Don't block building entrances and fire zones during a drill

Above all, be aware of fire safety issues. If you notice fire risks, bring them to the attention of coworkers, a supervisor and the Environmental Health and Safety Office at x3310.

If it is an emergency, dial 911.