Manufacturing Industry

The operations in a manufacturing industry may lead to industrial fires and explosions. This damage can cost a business heavily. Therefore, manufacturing businesses should strictly follow a fire protection checklist to maintain safety from fire hazards.

Tasks in the manufacturing industry involve flammable liquids, hot work, and combustible dust that can cause fire hazards. Fire extinguisher compliance ensures the presence of fire extinguishers at designated places that makes them easy to access during emergencies.
1. Introduction
Fire extinguishers are highly crucial to mitigate fire hazards. In many cases, they are the first line of defense because they can control fires, thereby preventing severe damage to property/equipment and saving the employees’ lives.
2. Process
A thorough fire safety plan must be put in place to avert a fire hazard. Such a plan will help to remove any risks or vulnerabilities of a fire taking place. If an incident does occur, the best step would be to make sure that all the employees are safe and have successfully evacuated the premises and then possibly call the local fire department to inform them of the situation. After that, if the fire is small and contained, the fire extinguisher can help to eliminate the fire effectively.
3. Dos
a. Always make sure that the fire extinguishers are readily accessible and identifiable in an emergency.

b. The operator should already know how to use the extinguisher. Then, there would not be any time to read the instruction manual in case of an emergency.

c. If it is a chargeable fire extinguisher, then it needs to be kept charged at all times.

d. When undertaking inspection, ensure that the safety seals and tamper indicators are not missing or broken.

4. Don’ts

a. Do not use extinguishers that are tampered with or damaged.

b. Avoid using extinguishers that have a missing seal.

c. Never use fire extinguishers that are weightless because that could mean that they are empty.

d. Do not miss regularly assessing the fire extinguisher for any sign of leakage, corrosion, physical damage, or clogged nozzle.

Corridors and halls blocked with materials could cause serious hazards, resulting in life-threatening accidents and injuries. Therefore, they should have sufficient clearance and should be kept clear of any obstruction.
1. Introduction
Safety and protection from fire-related hazards are matters of great concern. Therefore, all personnel must be adequately informed and prepared about what to do and not do in the event of a fire incident.
2. Process
A prompt and timely evacuation is necessary for a fire, so the stairwells, passageways, and main corridors should be cleared of any blockage. The employers need to ensure that the routes leading to an emergency exit must not be obstructed and devoid of any clutter as that may cause hindrances when trying to escape the building. Rescue personnel enters through these areas, and any blockage may prevent them from entering and taking prompt action. There also needs to be adequate emergency lighting in the walkways and passages that indicate the exit route.
3. Dos
a. Always make sure that you are aware and have verified your nearest and most accessible exit route.
b. Ensure that there are no obstructions or hindrances that come in the way of the exit routes.
c. The outside area of the exit should be clear to expedite the evacuation in case of any fire mishap.
4. Don’ts
a. Do not keep boxes, equipment, or stock in places that can potentially block passageways.
b. Heavy-duty objects such as forklifts should be kept away from the passages.
c. Do not load the forklift with too many items, which could cause the load to fall and block the walkways.