Five fire safety tips for the workplace

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Following two devastating fires in Pretoria West this week, NOSA (the National Occupational Safety Association) has supplied the following fire safety tips for the workplace:

1. Make sure your workplace has an emergency evacuation plan. Compile evacuation floor plans and make sure everyone knows how to enter and exit the building. Have evacuation drills at least twice a year.

2. When appointing contractors for fire equipment and servicing, make sure that your SAQCC competency and SABS approval certificates are up to date. Conduct firefighting equipment (fire extinguishers, hose reels, hydrants, etc.) inspections at least monthly.

3. Identify all workplace fire hazards and potential risks. You can do this by conducting a workplace fire risk assessment.

4. All staff must be trained in workplace firefighting. (You will determine the level of training by the type of industry in which your business is involved.)

5. Dangerous activities must always be done under adequate supervision.

NOSA offers a consulting service to teach employees basic firefighting skills and assess the overall safety of your workplace.

This includes:

Consultancy services

• Developing an emergency plan.

• Fire risk assessment.

• Evacuation drill with outcome report.

• Evacuation floor plans.

Training courses

• Basic fire awareness.

• Evacuation awareness.

• Basic firefighter

• Emergency evacuation procedures.

• Breathing apparatus.

• Wildland firefighting.

• Fire suppression and hose drill.

You can email NOSA at [email protected] or call them at 087-286-8222 (web:

The two fires in Pretoria West happened this week when flammable liquids in containers exploded on Monday and on Tuesday when an oven at a bakery exploded. Two people were injured and there was extensive damage to the buildings in which the fires occurred.

Tshego Mphahlele

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