Don’t play with fire in your workplace

By Erik Harden, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department

nfpw-2016This week is National Fire Prevention Week, the annual awareness campaign promoted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The NFPA is focusing this year’s campaign on residential smoke alarm awareness with the theme: Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. Practicing fire prevention is the smart thing to do at home, but it’s also critical in the workplace.

At BWC, we are doing our part to protect Ohio’s workers from the hazards of fire in the workplace through publications, classes and library resources focusing on this important topic.

For example, we have an educational guide on preventing flammable liquid fires and prepared safety talks about fire safety to help lead discussions with your workers.

Want to show your employees a video on fire prevention? Browse the extensive selection our library has to offer. Want more in-depth training? We also have educational courses targeted toward industries with high potential for fire hazards (e.g. welding and brazing).

state-fire-marshalFinally, don’t forget to visit the State Fire Marshal’s site for more information on fire prevention for your home and business. The site has several useful resources, including this Business Fire Safety Checklist.

With National Fire Prevention Week upon us, the State Fire Marshal’s office reminds us that about 115 Ohioans die each year in fires. Sadly, many of these deaths could have been prevented with a few quick and easy steps. This week they are promoting a social media campaign that asks “What can you do?” to help reduce this number. We also encourage you to take a moment to think about one thing you can do to prevent fires and fire deaths.

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