THINGS THAT CAN BE A RISK THAT ARE PLACED IN AN OFFICE
Aerosol cans are one of the most flammable everyday items due to the propane or butane used as a propellant. The can could explode if overheated or exposed to sunlight, so keeping any aerosol cans in your workplace in a secure, ventilated area is the best.
Drain cleaners and disinfectants all contain chemicals that can be combustible if not stored correctly. If you have cleaning products stored on your premises, never allow these liquids to come into contact with an ignition source, and be sure to store them the right way up with lids screwed on, in a locked ventilated cupboard.
Heaters when an item is used to warm things around it up, it has the serious risk of overheating and causing a fire. To keep heaters from harm’s way, make sure they are cleaned and serviced regularly.
A damaged power cord can spark and cause a fire to spread within seconds.
All electronic equipment should be serviced and maintained regularly.
Paper and dry waste, one of the biggest causes of fire to spread is the improper storage of dry, combustible waste such as paper and cardboard. Many offices and busy workplaces have an abundance of these dry goods that are not stored correctly.
Soft furnishings such as sofas are more common in offices where a more relaxed atmosphere is favored. The fabrics that upholster this furniture is often flammable, which in the event of a fire can burn rapidly and pose a risk to anyone nearby.
Gasoline causes an average of 8,000 house fires every year, due to improper storage. If you have gasoline on your premises, make sure it is stored at ground level and away from any heat sources.
Styrofoam, polystyrene is classified as a ‘B3’ product, meaning highly flammable. It is prohibited from being used as insulation, or in any exposed installations in building construction, but is popularly used as packaging protection. If you have Styrofoam in the workplace, make sure it is stored and disposed of in the proper and safe way.
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