Could this be your company’s biggest safety risk this winter?

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 04 Jun. 2014

Tags: fire accident, workplace accident, electrical safety, health and safety hazard, electrical hazard

At 22:00 on Monday, a fire broke out in Eldorado Park. The cause of the fire was a heater that had been left on and unattended to warm the room.

Now we all want to be warm in winter, even at work, but as you can see, heaters pose big health and safety risks. This electrical hazard could turn your cosy office into a blazing inferno before you know it.

Luckily, there are safer alternatives your employees can use to keep warm this winter. Read on to find out what they are to avoid a fire accident in your office...

Do your employees know about the different fire equipment?
If a fire breaks out in your building, would your employees know what to do or how to use the fire extinguisher?

Heating up your office could cause a costly fire accident

The Health and Safety Advisor warns about the health and safety hazard of old or badly maintained electrical appliances.
This is the danger with heaters as their electrical safety is often very poor. As the heater gets hotter, its motor and other electrical components overheat and short circuit. This is especially true for old heaters and could cause sparks and, as a result, a fire. 
If your employees are cold in the office, rather get them to use one of these alternative ways to stay warm in the office.
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Using alternative and safe ways to stay warm in the office will prevent a costly fire accident

Suggest they:
- Bring a blanket to cover their legs;
- Use an electric hot water bottle. These can’t leak and the heating element shuts off as soon as it reaches the right temperature so it won’t short out; and
- Dress warmer and wear layers of clothes. 
Also keep the kettle full and the water hot so they can stay warm with tea and coffee.
There you have it: Three alternative ways of staying warm in the office this winter that could just save your business from suffering a fiery workplace accident. 




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