Did you know a fire occurs in a structure every 63 seconds? Whole buildings can burn in a matter of minutes causing irreparable damage and, in some cases, multiple fatalities. Fire safety is everyone's job at a worksite, and it's a job that can never be taken too seriously.

Workers should be trained to identify fire hazards and what they need to do in the case of a fire. Fire safety in the workplace covers prevention efforts, hazard control, and measures to reduce the destruction caused by fire, and there are common elements among fire safety programs:

  • Fire Protection & Prevention Equipment: Facilities need to have the right equipment on hand: fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, emergency lighting, etc., and this equipment must be inspected and maintained.
  • Fire Safety Plan: Buildings must have an approved fire safety plan that includes key contact information, access issues, sprinkler system connections, and other pertinent information.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Organizations must provide the proper routes of egress for their employees. In the case of a fire, employees should be able to quickly locate the emergency exit route and proceed to a safe area.
  • Compliance: In addition to meeting OSHA standards for emergency planning and fire safety, businesses will need to check their building is compliant with all local and regional fire codes.
  • Electrical Safety: As one of the top causes of occupational fires, all electrical hazards in a facility must be adequately controlled. It's important to check faulty wiring and ensure all electrical equipment is functioning properly.

Fire safety isn't always easy to address; fires can be caused by a number of things (chemicals, electricity, negligence, etc.), safety requirements are regulated by different agencies and departments (OSHA, NFPA, local departments, etc.), and fire safety covers everything from prevention to response. Creative Safety Supply is dedicated to helping companies keep their employees safe and their workspaces compliant. Below we have gathered our expert resources on all things fire safety. We're here to help.

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Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire safety is essential in every workplace. These are the principles that will help your facility prepare for fires and prevent them from occurring in the first place.

National Electrical Code (NEC)

National Electrical Code (NEC)

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the ANSI/NFPA-approved standard for safe electrical installation. The NEC is revised once every three years, with the most recent changes in 2017.

NFPA 99

NFPA 99

NFPA 99 standards are built specifically to ensure safety from fire danger in healthcare facilities. Learn how to stay in compliance and protect your facility from fire hazards with this overview of the NFPA 99.

What is an Electrical Arc?

What is an Electrical Arc?

Electrical arcs can be a serious hazard when not intended. When an electric arc is created in an uncontrolled environment, such as an arc flash, serious injury or death can occur. Learn more...

What is a Thermal Printer?

What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Use floor markings to make sure you can find the fire extinguisher and that it is not blocked in an emergency.

NFPA 704

NFPA 704

NFPA 704 is a set of standards used to identify hazardous materials so that emergency response professionals will know the dangers.

OSHA 1910.39 Fire Prevention

OSHA 1910.39 Fire Prevention

Fire prevention safety is important for all employees and workplaces. This article explains fire prevention standards and provides helpful tips.

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Learn how arc flash works and how it relates to your larger electrical safety program.

10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

Follow these 10 steps to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

Arc Flash Software

Arc Flash Software

A review of common software programs that will help you reduce arc flash hazards.

Arc Flash Facts

Arc Flash Facts

Arc flash can cause serious damage to people and property. Learn how arc flash works and how you can prevent it.


Fire Safety Questions and Answers

What organization is involved with fire safety regulations?

The organization that is involved with fire safety regulations is the National Fire Protection Association (the NFPA). This group is an international non-profit organization that is devoted to helping eliminate fire and electrical hazards that most often result in death, property damage, and severe injury. About the NFPA Founded in 1896, the NFPA has published more than… 

What is a fire risk assessment?

 A fire risk assessment is very similar to a normal risk assessment but it just focuses on fire safety instead of chemical and other physical hazards in the workplace. With a fire risk assessment, there must be one person who is responsible for keeping everything up to date. This includes ensuring the correct safety practices… 

What are fire safety regulations and standards?

There is a list of fire safety regulations made by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) that exist to maintain safe conditions in the workplace. These regulations make a point that prevention is the first step against accidents that may involve fires. If every regulation is upheld there is a significant decrease in risk of… 

What fire safety equipment should I have in my facility?

One of the most important things OSHA focuses on is fire prevention in the workplace. Due to this, OSHA has a set of standards which help employers reduce the risk of fire and ensure employee safety (see section 1910.39 for fire safety compliance). A fire prevention plan is required if there is 10 or more… 

Fire Safety Blog Posts

Fire Safety Infographics

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories The Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Category is determined by consulting the PPE tables in article… 

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash An Arc Flash is an energy discharge that forms when a fault occurs in an… 

Fire Safety Podcasts

Counterfeit electrical components can instantly burst into flames. Hear how to identify fake wiring, breakers and switches from Brett Brenner… 

Electrical safety at work kicks up a notch with strong advice from OSHA trainer Jon Koppari. Hear Jon’s tips for… 

Combustible dust explosions can happen in a confined workspace without notice. Hear dust and flammability expert Dr. Ashok Dastidar discuss… 

  Flame resistant clothing now means comfort. Hear about the new polyester FR fabric, a comfort and safety breakthrough from Bulwark… 

Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories… 

Wildfire smoke is a creeping health hazard in the western US. Hear how to breathe safely as the smoke moves… 

Wind energy safety is a careful blend of fall protection, electrical hazard awareness and much more. Hear the best practices… 

Fire shelters for firefighters may soon withstand more heat, thanks to NASA. Testing is on now for fire shelters made… 

July 4th safety is just as important as safety at work. Use your head, and follow these seven common sense… 

Flammable liquids safety can change quickly when workplace temperatures rise. Listen for four ways to avoid flashpoint fires and explosions. Find… 

Laser safety in the workplace minimizes the risk of eye injuries. Hear about the 7 laser classes, and the precautions… 

Workplace holiday fires can happen in an instant. Be careful with electricity, heat sources and flammables with workplace decorations inside… 

Turkey fryer fires happen more than you might think. Listen to the story of contractors who nearly burned down the… 

Fire extinguisher operation is not as easy as point-and-shoot. We explain the types of fires, and the types of extinguishers,… 

FR wear finally has an improvement. Now you can buy lightweight, comfortable, breathable garments made from a new polyester. Flame-resistant clothing has a… 

NFPA labels help workers identify hazardous materials. In this podcast, employees can learn how to read the NFPA label, the… 

Combustible dust is a major workplace danger. If you can write your name in the dust, and it’s combustible dust,… 

Mining companies and miners must always be involved with mine safety. The past few generations of miners have had many… 

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