By Ethan Davis
a. Good housekeeping is the first rule of fire prevention. Oily rags, paper shavings, trim, and miscellaneous scrap materials should be cleaned up and placed in trash receptacles.
b. All flammable liquids should be stored in an approved manner and dispensed from a UL Listed or Factory Mutual Approved portable flammable liquid safety containers.
c. Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas presents special fire and explosion hazards. Only qualified persons are to handle LP gas. LP gas equipment should be inspected daily for leaks, etc.
d. Open fires of any kind are not permitted.
e. Combustible materials or equipment in combustible containers should be stored properly.
f. Fire extinguishers should be located near an exit door.
g. Fire extinguishers should be recharged and inspected regularly. A tag indicating the date the unit was recharged should be affixed to each extinguisher.
h. Access to fire hydrants should be maintained at all times. Fire hydrants should never be blocked or obstructed in any way.
i. All combustible waste materials, rubbish, and debris should be disposed of daily.
j. Smoking is prohibited in any hazardous area and “No Smoking” signs should be posted in these areas.
k. Compressed gas cylinders should be transported and stored in an upright position.
l. Compressed gas fuel cylinders should be separated from oxygen cylinders by at least 20 feet or by a 5 foot high ½-hour fire rated wall.
m. No material should be stored within 3 feet of an electrical panel, outlet, or fire suppression equipment.