4 Industries most Vulnerable to Fire Accidents and Simple Precautions for Them

Vulnerable to Fire Accidents and Precautions

4 Industries most Vulnerable to Fire Accidents and Simple Precautions for Them | Where there is electricity, there’s the inherent risk of fire. Here are 4 industries that are particularly vulnerable to fire accidents and precautions to avoid hazards.

While just about every industry is prone to fire accidents, there are four industries in particular that are very vulnerable to fires and should ensure they have a certified fire protection specialist installing and maintaining their fire protection solution. 

1. Healthcare Industry

Fire safety should be prioritised in healthcare facilities, especially because of the sheer number of people on-site, whether it’s patients, physicians, nurses, and medical staff of any kind. Most patients in these areas struggle with mobility, which makes evacuation procedures more complex. This is why it is important to gain an understanding of the most common hazards that are prevalent in these environments. 

The healthcare industry is particularly dependent on sensitive electrical equipment, with the potential of a fire breaking out through overworked plugs, wires, and faulty equipment. Kitchen facilities are also a major source of threat. Cooking fats, orbs, toasters, electoral ovens, and open flames are also potential hazards.

Simple Precautions to Avoid Hazards

To avoid hazards, make sure that all electrical equipment onsite is properly maintained and regularly checked – that means regular tag and testing. In particular, electrical outlets should not be overloaded, particularly if a medical machine requires immense energy. An audit should reveal visibly damaged sockets and cables, which should be replaced right away.

2. Hospitality Industry 

The hospitality industry is particularly vulnerable to fire incidents with hotels being one of the most vulnerable buildings. Numerous heat sources are constantly active during opening hours fueled by electricity and gas sources. This, combined with combustible materials, creates the perfect ingredients for a fire to arise.   

Simple Precautions to Avoid Hazards

It is important to conduct a fire risk assessment of the hotel in the following manner;

  • Identify hazards
  • Evaluate the individuals who are most at risk 
  • Determine what fire protection systems are needed and apply them
  • Record your findings and changes
  • Constantly review and update the assessment
  • Arrange for emergency exit sign installation 

Staff training is essential to make sure each person knows what to do when the alarm sounds. Provide them with adequate fire safety training for hazard prevention, as well as how to identify and report issues. Total Fire Solutions can provide you with fire training courses that are specifically designed to train your staff for a fire emergency.

3. Manufacturing Industry

It should come as no surprise that the manufacturing industry is extremely vulnerable to fire accidents that can lead to a devastating loss of property and even lives. Fire hazards commonly arise because of the nature of several processes occurring during manufacturing and the raw materials being used. This is why close familiarity with common hazards is important in these industries.

We’ve identified the following main causes of fires in the manufacturing industry:

  • Combustible dust: Very deadly and often overlooked, it can easily lead to fire that isn’t easy to contain.
  • Hot work: This is the leading cause of fire across all industries.
  • Flammable liquids: These fires often occur at chemical plants and they can be extremely lethal.
  • Equipment and machinery: Hot work equipment can pose a significant risk especially if it isn’t properly installed and operated.  

Simple Precautions to Avoid Hazards

Strategies for preventing fires in the manufacturing industry requires safety awareness training in the facility. This training must identify all of the risks that are an inherent part of the industry. Factory managers must keep their equipment and machinery, as well as the surrounding area, relatively clean. 

This is especially true when it comes to electrical equipment because dirt and grease can easily lead to fire accidents. Emergency exit sign installation will be required for workers to evacuate the premises.

4. Construction Industry

Fire incidents are extremely commonplace on construction sites and often lead to severe injuries or even death. In most cases, fire accidents are a case of gross negligence by employees and managers who aren’t properly trained about potential hazards in their line of work.

Simple Precautions to Avoid Hazards

The two main areas that can lead to fire are related to fuel sources and ignition. If the hazard can be controlled and eliminated, then the probability of fire incidents is minimised.

There are a variety of flammable materials on site that can easily lead to fire, such as combustible building components, flammable gases, and liquids, and waste materials. 

The best course of action is to install detection and alarm systems in place. It is also important to install manual call points in various locations, which enable employees to easily activate them if they discover a fire. 

The Bottom Line

These are just four industries that are prone to fire incidents. In truth, fire remains a significant threat in all spheres of life and the workplace. Fire accident prevention requires safety audits, regular inspections, and worker awareness. But there’s no one size fits all solution to fire safety – every industry and factory needs a specific set of solutions to mitigate their particular risks.