What are examples of fire safety signs?

Fires can be extremely unpredictable and cause severe damage to property and result in serious injury to workers, or even death. OSHA requires employers to create a written fire prevention plan that includes the identification of fire hazards, train employees on fire safety, and have a proper fire suppression strategy. Fire safety signs are important in keeping workers informed on where necessary equipment is kept and knowledgeable of fire safety practices.

Other items and areas in a facility that should be marked with safety signs and labels include the location of fire alarm pull stations, the fire sprinkler system, fire lanes, fire hoses, flammable liquids and gasses, and areas where if someone lights a cigarette, the risk of fire is severe.  One crucial part of fire safety signs is to ensure workers are following proper safety practices and blocking items that is needed in fire emergencies or blocking the routes to safety.

Clearly mark fire extinguishers and their location, ensuring the extinguisher will not be blocked and can be easily located in the case of an emergency. The same concept should be applied for fire hose connections so emergency responders can easily and quickly find the connection. The signs can be placed on the wall under the extinguisher or on the floor to keep workers from placing equipment on the floor in front of the extinguisher or fire hose connectors.

All fire exits and emergency evacuation areas should be marked with both wall signs and floor signs. In cases of low-lit areas, reflective signs used along with photoluminescent tape to clearly mark evacuation paths. In cases of fire-related emergency, people need to be able to quickly find the nearest and safest route out of the building.This sign for example comes in a variety of sizes, different adhesives, and levels of durability.


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