FIRE HAZARDS

electrical hazards

• Damaged wiring
• Damaged plugs
• Damp or wet wires
• Overloaded motors
• Broken switches, outlets or sockets
• Problems with lighting fixtures
• Faulty heating elements
• Overloaded circuits
• Liquids near computers
• Computers without surge protectors

housekeeping hazards

• Piles of scrap, waste materials, and trash
• Sawdust, metal or plastic powder that can form an explosive mixture with air
• Obstructed aisles
• Blocked emergency exits
• Material covering up fire extinguishers, exit signs, and alarms
• Blocked sprinkler heads

friction hazards

• Hot bearings
• Misaligned or broken machine parts
• Choking or jamming materials
• Poor adjustment of moving parts
• Inadequate lubrication

process or operation-related hazards

• Cutting and welding operations, which use open flames and produce sparks
• Molten metal, which can ignite combustibles or fall into cracks and start a fire that might not erupt until after the work is done
• Processes that heat materials to high temperatures
• Drying operations where materials in dryers can overheat
• Grinding operations that produce sparks and dust
• Processes in which flammable vapors are released

storage hazards

• Materials stacked too high blocking sprinkler heads (need 18-inches clearance from head)
• Flammable or combustible materials stored too close to heat sources
• Flammable materials not stored in special containers and cabinets Inadequate ventilation in storage areas
• Materials that might react with one another stored together
• Materials stored in damaged containers
• Materials stored in unlabeled containers
• Containers not tightly sealed

smoking hazards

• Ignoring "No Smoking" signs
• Smoking around flammable or combustible materials
• Throwing matches and cigarettes or cigars on tables or workbenches
• Tossing butts on the floor or grass without properly extinguishing them in an ashtray or ash can
• Tossing lighted butts or matches out windows or doors
• Smoking in bed
• Leaving a cigarette/cigar unattended
• Smoking in areas where there is an accumulation of sawdust, plastic or metal powders that may become explosive

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