There is nothing more valuable than life. We are well aware of it and still, we seem to neglect the gravity of the statement from day to day. Hazards are scattered all across our way as we unknowingly move through to get on with the day.
We spend a sizable portion of our lives in our workplace. It should go without saying that our workplaces should be well equipped to face any kind of life threatening situation.
Your office can wear the look of a lavish corporate with all the fancy furniture, material handling equipment and amenities to lure the best of us. But there are things far more essential you should look out for; things that ensure your safety. If you find them amiss, its time you ask your boss to incorporate them, in everyone’s best interests.
Here is some basic safety gear your office needs to be equipped with.
Fire is the most likely danger that lurks around in buildings.
You probably guessed this to be the first on our list. But what you might not have known is that there are different types of extinguishers for different types or classes of fire. In the US, fires are categorized as class A for fires based on solid combustibles, class B for those fuelled by inflammable. Liquids and class C for gas-based fires.
Around 80 % of all the fires are thwarted by fire portable extinguishers; the ones which hang around in the lobby. So it is recommended to explore the options.
Let’s have a look at the types and relevance of fire extinguisher
-Foam based extinguishers:
The cream-colored fire extinguishers contain foam and are useful against class A fires where the burning material may be paper, wood, etc. These are a common sight in your office. Needless to say, you must spot one of these hanging around in the corridors of your workplace.
-CO2 based extinguishers:
They come in black colored cylinders and are effective against electrical as well as class B fires. Since short-circuiting is the most common reason for enclosed fires, the black cylinders are a must in your office.
-Powder fire extinguisher:
These are blue cylindered extinguishers that are capable of tackling all the 3 classes of fire while also being effective against electrical fires. These properties make them the most versatile of all the extinguishers.
If you find it too good to be true, it certainly is. These seemingly powerful fire genies have a drawback. They provide no action towards cooling the fire. The fire can thus re-ignite. But it still gives you time to escape the infernos.
-Wet Chemical extinguishers:
These are yellow cylindered fire extinguishers that are synthesized especially for oil and fat-based fires which usually originate from the kitchen. They also block class A fires.
Smoke detectors and Fire alarms:
These are a basic necessity in any kind of building where it might help to inform clueless occupants about the approaching danger. Fire alarms, though being a signal of panic, can help get you out in the nick of time. Smoke detectors are the ones that detect fire, setting off the alarm.
They should be strategically placed inside the building covering all places where the likelihood of fire is greater, like the kitchen room and any other room filled with live wires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), photoelectric smoke detectors give the best response to slowly progressing fires which are often detected quiet late by ionization detectors.
These blankets are meant as an added layer of safety in case anyone does not know how to use a fire extinguisher or if anyone has had their clothes on fire.
If the flames are large enough and the only escape is through a room where nothing but bright flames can be seen, the fire blanket surely does come in handy.
It is resistive against class A, B and D fires. They can protect you against fired caused fuelled by paper, wood, oils and inflammable solids.
First Aid Kits:
Now apart from fires, to handle the damage caused by other dangers or mishaps, first aid kits are maintained. It is necessary to have them by law, even if your company has less than 5 employees or in case you are self-employed.
The box should contain everything which a person might need in case of an emergency. They may contain aspirin, bandages, gauze rolls, hand sanitizer wipes, basic healthcare medicines, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, antiseptic wipes, and many more things one might need in an emergency.
These are some of the basic safety requirements which your workplace must-have. Your safety is the first and foremost thing your employer should consider before calling you for work. Let him know if his arrangements are not up to the mark. Everyone deserves a safe environment to live in.