Millions of dollars are lost due to office fires each year, along with human lives. When you work at an office, you should learn how to exit the office to safety if a fire does start. It is your responsibility to ask your employer about fire escapes plans and drills.
It is up to you to learn where the exits are and participate in office drills to leave the building as quickly as possible. Your office should have a fire plan in place and a drill once or twice a month to help people learn the plan. The employees should know what to do in case of a fire.
Another very important task that you must learn is where the fire extinguisher is in your office and how to use it. Many times, fires start in stacks of papers and can be easily contained by the use of a fire extinguisher.
Each day, look for things that can catch fire, such as stacks of paper, and make sure they are not too close to an electrical outlet, coffee maker, heat plate, or anything that produces heat. Many people do not realize that hot plates and coffee makers are two of the main causes of office fires. They are left on and unattended. They become hot, and if paper or other flammable items are close, they can catch on fire.
When leaving for the day, make sure all of the electrical appliances are unplugged, because they can start a fire if left plugged in. You can leave items plugged in that are grounded or have a three prong plug-in. These plugs ground your machine.