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National Fire Prevention Month

Fires affect about 17,000 companies each year. A fire prevention plan can help your business avoid injuries, damages, and fines. This October, prepare for a fire emergency with these steps.

National Fire Prevention Month

1Create a fire emergency evacuation plan.

Make sure everyone knows their role. Create an evacuation plan that shows when and how employees should respond. Include evacuation routes and ways to locate and communicate with others. If employees have special needs or require extra attention, address these details in the plan.

2Create a fire prevention plan.

A fire prevention plan lists all fire hazards in the workplace. It should explain how hazardous materials are handled and stored, how any ignition source or heat-producing equipment is controlled, and what fire protection equipment is available. Discuss the plan with all employees before they begin a new job. Make the plan available for review.

3Train employees.

Employees should learn to use fire extinguishing equipment, and receive training and briefings on new or updated regulations.

4Practice proper housekeeping.

Keep trash and packing materials in metal containers with tight-fitting lids. Clean oil and chemical spills immediately and keep boxes and equipment out of aisles and fire exits to reduce fire risk.

5Create a fire emergency response team.

Develop a team of employees who are willing to enforce fire safety in the workplace and train them in fire emergency procedures. These team members should help others during a fire emergency and guide them to safety. 

For more information on fire safety, download any of the free fire prevention publications from OSHA or DWC, or contact a DWC safety training instructor at or 1-800-252-7031, option 2.


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Last updated: 11/1/2021