Fire Doors in the Workplace
Unfortunately, as an article in the Times describes, the Norman Atlantic ferry was left on fire and drifting at sea, something that might have been prevented if proper fire doors had been in place. What’s worse is that you don’t have to be on a boat and at sea to get trapped by a fire. Faulty fire doors or other preventative measures can lead to a tragic situation anywhere and anytime. That’s why they are so important.
We’ve already covered the importance of fire safety in the home, but it’s equally important to make sure that your workspace is ready for a fire as well. With so many people in a tight space, and often high up in an office building, a fire can be just as devastating as one at sea.
How does a fire door work?
There are numerous commercial door suppliers that create fire doors to meet regulations and safety standards. Ehow recentlywrote about how fire doors workand all the benefits that make them invaluable in the event of a fire:
Fire doors stop the spread of fire as well as accompanying smoke and toxic fumes.
Each fire door has a rating that refers to how long it can withstand the heat of a fire.
Fire doors are built to stay open throughout a regular day, but then fire door safety closers work to completely seal the door in the event that a fire alarm is triggered.
When the doors are closed and sealed, this will keep fire from spreading as quickly throughout the building, giving everyone inside more time and a better chance of escaping.
The most important thing for you to know about fire doors is where they are located, if they are functioning properly, and how you can help to make sure that nothing gets in their way. If something blocks a fire door when it is triggered and tries to seal off a section of the building, this could easily lead to the spread of a fire.
Other Fire Safety Tips
While fire doors can go a long way in helping get everyone out of an office fire, there are a lot of preventative measures available for you to go over to make sure that your workplace is doing everything it can to prevent a fire emergency. Review articles like this one from Safety.com to see if there are any glaring errors in your office’s policies, and keep the following common sense practices in mind throughout your day:
Make sure that you know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them properly. It’s also a good idea to be aware of the locations for fire alarm triggers.
Don’t let clutter build up in walkways near your desk or the desks of coworkers. It might seem like no big deal on an ordinary day, but could easily become a hassle in an emergency.
Conduct fire drills and know your company’s procedures for making sure everyone gets to safety in the event of a fire.