Cause Of Fire

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2.9 Causes of Fire Common causes of workplace fires: Faulty Electrics are a very common cause of workplace fires and include loose wires and antiquated or faulty equipment. Flammable or combustible materials represent a danger to staff and your business. Human Error represents a common cause of fires in the workplace, be it the incorrect use of electrical equipment, burning food or leaving cooking unattended in the staff kitchen as well as lack of proper care or knowledge of procedures around flammable or combustible liquids and materials. Negligence may not seem a great deal different from human error but tends to be the result of sloppy or careless behaviour, or not following rules, regulation or correct procedures, from staff who should…show more content…
Smoldering fires should be diluted to an oxygen concentra¬tion below 8% by volume. The oxygen supply to a fire can be inhibited by smothering the fire. Smothering a fire places a barrier between the flame and the atmosphere. This can be accomplished with a blanket or apply¬ing a layer of foam to form a vapor barrier. Displacing and reducing the oxygen concentration involves applying an inert gas to the fire, such as carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide displaces the oxygen thus lowering the concentration to a level that cannot sustain the fire. Applying an inert gas to a fire requires that the fire be located in a confined space. Personnel must be aware that displacing the oxygen or diluting the oxygen concentra¬tion affects their ability to breathe. Fire extinguishment using this method requires that personnel be absent from the confined area or protected by self-contained breathing…show more content…
This can be done by conducting an assessment involving several representatives from different parts of the facility. As discussed previously, the goals are to provide for life safety, conserve property, and assure that business can continue. The potential impact of certain emergencies and the possibilities for long-term interruption of operations should be considered. Emergencies and vulnerabilities should be ranked to prioritize resources later. The next step is to start planning for the most likely and severe emergencies. The planning process should evaluate the interior layout, escape routes, assembly points, accessibility to firefighting, ventilation, water supply, detection and alarm systems, communication methods, automatic fire suppression, fire department access, and exposure protection. An emergency plan should detail the duties of personnel and the fire

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