No-one usually likes doing the housework, at home or at work, but it is an important part of accident and fire prevention.
But it isn’t just about cleanliness. It’s also keeping areas neat and orderly.
This keeps walkways free of obstacles and trip hazards.
One benefit is that the whole place will look a lot like nicer, with improved morale and productivity when tools are easier to find. Plus, it also stops people tripping and slipping.
Maintaining good housekeeping standards will also prevent fires.
How Does Housekeeping Prevent Fires?
It minimises the risk of:
- causing a fire,
- helping a fire spread,
In most cases of fire prevention, it involves simple measures. And having knowledge of how fires start allows you to take precautions.
It’s as basic as keeping fuel sources and ignition sources apart. So store things that burn easily away from things which create heat.
One example is not stacking cardboard boxes next to the heater.
That decreases the chances of a fire starting, and then quickly spreading.
And if you’re storing flammable or toxic materials, check it’s getting stored correctly.
Also, ensure that rubbish and waste products are not allowed to build up. One thing is that they can cause a slip hazard when people are rushing out in the event of a fire.
But it also makes for a good fuel source. So prevent it from piling up inside, and store outside away from buildings.
Rubbish bins and skips are common methods which arsonists use to start a fire. So keeping them well away reduces the risk.
How Does Housekeeping Help In Case Of Fire?
It reduces the risk of:
- hindering a safe evacuation,
- obstructing access to firefighting equipment or alarm call points,
- making signs and notices difficult to see.
It will enable everyone to locate fire extinguishers, blankets, and hoses. This could mean that a fire gets extinguished in its early stages and limits the risk to life and property.
It can also make signs easier to see and read. These give a variety of important information. How to use the equipment, not to smoke, keep a fire door shut, and where the fire exit is.
Signs can help prevent and protect in the event of a fire, so keeping them seen is vital.
Having a housekeeping program will also ensure that fire exits and routes are not blocked.
Storing items in the emergency exit route will limit the width of the passageway. But stored items can also get knocked over in an evacuation and prevent the safe exit of everyone.
Fire and smoke can spread much quicker than many people expect, so having a quick and safe means of exit is compulsory.
To avoid these hazards, good housekeeping needs to be in place and then maintained.
Even though it may seem like an effort initially, the benefits are great. And it will soon become part of daily routine.