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  1. Danger on the Job: Keeping the Office Kitchen Safe

    November 5, 2018 by Total Fire and Safety

    Next to the everyday hustle and bustle of the average office, office kitchen fire safety is a secondary concern. However, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that just over one-fifth of office fires begin in the kitchen or cooking area.  Twenty-nine percent are started by cooking equipment, the leading cause of fires in the office.  Although these fires started small, they caused major structure damage.

    With the holidays on the way and more employee parties sure to take place, the office kitchen will be used more than ever.  How can you prevent a fire from happening? How do you keep your employees safe and well fed at the same time?  Here are four important safety tips to help you get started:

    1. Replace worn or frayed power cords.
    Inspect power cords on the kitchen appliances. Are the wires exposed?  If so, the cord can short out and cause a fire.  Encourage your employees to keep an eye out for damaged cords.  Be sure to replace them as soon as they are found.  This one simple act will keep the office safe.

    2. Watch food as it cooks.
    It easy to become distracted in the office, whether its fellow coworkers gossiping or doing too many things at once. You wouldn’t leave food unattended at home and the office should not be any different.  To ensure food cooks properly, emphasize that employees must stay near appliances as they cook or heat food/beverage.  Employees using the kitchen also need to watch for signs of smoke or burning.  Doing so will ensure the safety of the entire building.

    3. Regularly clean appliances.
    We’ve all been there. We stick a (insert food item) in the microwave, oven, toaster, etc., and it explodes or leaves spillage behind.  However, we avoid cleaning, commonly thinking someone else will do it.  Spills and baked-in foods left behind can cause a fire. Cleaning kitchen equipment after use will prevent grease from accumulating which prevents combustion. These hazards can be avoided easily so remind employees to wipe up spills, food particles left behind, etc.

    4. Have employees trained to use a fire extinguisher.
    No matter how proactive you and your employees are, accidents still happen.  Having staff trained to use fire fighting equipment could mean the difference between a catastrophe or a minor incident.  Total Fire and Safety can train you and your employees to use a fire extinguisher, first aid equipment, and other lifesaving safety measures.

    With most office fires starting in the kitchen, it is important to educate employees on office kitchen fire safety.  Total Fire and Safety (TFS) offers a complete fire training program to educate employees on the proper techniques of fighting a fire.  Not only can your employees use these practices in the office, they can also apply them in their home.  Keep you, your staff, and your workplace fire safe. Give TFS a call today at 630-960-5060.


  2. Recognizing the Right First Aid Kit Service Company for YOUR Business

    July 23, 2018 by Total Fire and Safety

    If you’re like most companies, you are mandated by OSHA to have a first aid kit in the workplace in case of injuries, which is how a first aid kit service company can really be helpful to you.

    It is the job of these companies to make sure that your first aid kits are regularly stocked and replenished with supplies. That way when emergency strikes, your employees have everything they need to help themselves or their fellow employees. And when OSHA inspectors come by, if you are in compliance, you will have everything in the kit that is required. No fines incurred!

    Are all first aid kit service companies alike? Not really.

    For Total Fire & Safety, we are well known for our commercial fire protection but we have also offered first aid services for the past 25 years!

    We know you have a choice when it comes to your first aid services provider and we encourage you to look at the following qualities before making a decision.

    Commitment. Some service companies will expect a lengthy contract from you even before service begins and they will charge a hefty fee to switch your service over from your current provider. Total Fire First Aid Services can get you started with no contract and there is no fee to switch from your current first aid provider.

    Product Quality. Have you ever applied a band-aid that doesn’t stick? Or taken an over-the-counter pain reliever that doesn’t work? Not all first aid supplies are alike. A competent, well-established first aid kit service company will sell you products that will unfailingly do the job when they are called into service.

    Experience. Believe it or not, there are many decisions to be made when it comes to purchasing first aid kits for your company. Depending on the number of employees you have, the type of facility you are covering and the likelihood of accidents, you may stock different supplies in your kits.

    There are different first aid kits too, ranging from general indoor use to those used for rugged, outdoor applications. Your kits may be portable with a carrying handle or reside within a wall-mounted cabinet.

    Choosing an experienced first aid service kit company that caters to your specific needs will ensure that you purchase only what you need for your business. And, they will make sure it is stocked in compliance with all necessary industry standards. For example, did you know that OSHA sets forth the minimal acceptable number and type of first-aid supplies for first-aid kits required under paragraph (d)(2) of the logging standard? This includes:

    1. Gauze pads (at least 4 x 4 inches)

    2. Two large gauze pads (at least 8 x 10 inches)

    3. Box adhesive bandages (band-aids)

    4. One package gauze roller bandage at least 2 inches wide

    5. Two triangular bandages

    6. Wound cleaning agent such as sealed moistened towelettes

    7. Scissors

    8. At least one blanket

    9. Tweezers

    10. Adhesive tape

    11. Latex gloves

    12. Resuscitation equipment such as resuscitation bag, airway, or pocket mask

    13. Two elastic wraps

    14. Splint

    15. Directions for requesting emergency assistance

    Total Fire & Safety technicians are trained and qualified to recommend the best first aid kit supplies for your workplace and possess the experience, knowledge and commitment needed in any good first aid services provider. Summer is a great time to consider switching to Total Fire & Safety. If we can help you make the switch, contact us at 630.960.5060.


  3. Five Reasons Why Employees Should Have First Aid Training

    February 26, 2016 by Total Fire and Safety

    You may think you know the importance of first aid and fire safety, but the real impact of first aid and fire equipment training in the workplace is often overlooked. Whether your business is a high or low-risk environment, there are always risks that can lead to medical emergencies.

    1. Increasing profitability. A safer workplace means less missed workdays due to injuries. According to the National Safety Council, in 2012, nearly 5 million workers were injured at work, which costed employers a total of $198.2 billion.

    2. Saving your employees time and money. It is proven that businesses and employees will save money if accidents are handled quickly and effectively. The National Safety Council attests that 25 percent of all emergency room visits can be avoided with basic first aid and CPR certification.

    3. It really does save lives. If your employees don’t know how to handle injuries, the condition of the victim could worsen before the ambulance arrives, and cause further trauma and debilitation, not to mention medical costs and possibly, even death. Having a commercial first aid kit on the job sends a message to your employees that you value their health and well-being and are doing all you can to mitigate any injuries that occur on the job. It also shows that you never want your employees to be vulnerable to unattended injury.

    4. It is required by law for many workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires businesses to provide first aid and CPR training to employees if there is no nearby clinic or hospital. Make sure you also have a commercial first aid kit available in your workplace. Obviously, if your business deals with risky materials or conditions, having a commercial first aid kit makes sense whether or not you are bound by law.

    5. Teach your employees how to use emergency equipment. You spend money keeping your workplace up to code with commercial fire extinguishers and first aid kits, but these things don’t handle emergencies by themselves! Your employees need to know how to work fire extinguishers and use first aid supplies correctly. The investment need not be costly; a simple on-site class with the staff in attendance should suffice.

    Total Fire & Safety can handle all your needs whether it be fire extinguishers, first aid kits, fire extinguisher training, or first aid training. For more information, visit our website or you can contact us at 630-960-5060.


  4. Five Reasons You Need a Commercial First Aid Kit

    February 21, 2015 by Total Fire and Safety

     

    If one of your employees hurt themselves right now, do you have a commercial first aid kit for them to use?  Is it fully stocked?

    It’s not only important to have an OSHA-approved first aid kit onsite, but it’s also important to have the right kind, with the right contents, and have it replenished with first aid kit supplies on a regular basis.

    Without a doubt, the number one reason you need to have a commercial first aid kit onsite is:

     1.       It’s Code!

    OSHA’s “Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program”,  publication states:

     “It is advisable for the employer to give a specific person the responsibility

    for choosing the types and amounts of first-aid supplies and

    for maintaining these supplies. The supplies must be adequate,

    should reflect the kinds of injuries that occur, and must be stored in

    an area where they are readily available for emergency access.”

    Under the ANSI standard, Z308.1-2009, businesses can maintain four different categories of first aid kits for general indoor use, office use and light manufacturing.  Kits must also meet the performance and testing requirements set by the standard.

    Type I: Kits for indoor use, intended to be in a fixed position, not portable, like a mounted wall cabinet  for offices or manufacturing facilities.

    Type II: Portable, indoor kits with a carrying handle to be used in office or manufacturing environments.

    Type III: Portable kits for mobile indoor/outdoor settings that should have the ability to be mounted and are typical for transportation or construction jobs.

    Type IV: Portable kits for rugged, environmentally hostile outdoor applications where potential for damage to the kit is high.

    The ANSI standard details items needed for each kit but they generally include a selection of compresses, bandages, tape, gloves, antiseptic and burn treatments. Businesses with specific workplace hazards should consult with a competent healthcare professional to see what first aid kit supplies they should have. Depending on the workplace conditions, additional supplies may include eyewash, cold packs, eye covers, burn dressings, etc.  The standard also addresses requirement marking and labeling of first aid kit supplies and the importance of having the commercial first aid kit regularly maintained, which can be tricky unless you retain a first aid supplier to do it.

    2.       Accidents Really DO Happen.

    According to information from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), an estimated 3.8 million workers in private industry and state and local government had a nonfatal occupational accident in 2012. The year prior, an estimated 2.9 million workers went to the ER with an occupational injury or illness and approximately 150,000 of those workers were hospitalized.  In the doctor’s office or even a court of law, it’s important for your employee to be able to report that a first aid kit was available and well-stocked, but the injury’s severity required additional medical attention. Undoubtedly, at some time during their tenure with your business, every employee will have interaction with the kit at least once.

    3.       You Care.

    Really, having a commercial first aid kit there for your employee’s comfort does send a message that workplace safety is important, as is the well-being of each employee. Employees who are more comfortable, are happier and therefore work more efficiently.

    4.       Productivity.

    In some cases, a minor scrape, or headache can send an employee home to get the proper first aid for their ailment. Their departure, even for a short period of time, means others have to take their place, and the domino effect can wreak havoc on productivity. Worse yet, the employee may choose to take the rest of the day off.  Having the first aid supplies they need on hand can keep an employee comfortably on the job.

    5.       Saved Time.  

    When an incident happens, nobody has to run out to the drug store for bandaids; they just reach inside the kit and find everything they need. Again, the first aid kit can keep everyone on the job where they belong and your productivity at the level you require.

    At Total Fire & Safety, we are experts with OSHA approved first aid kits and have been offering first aid kit supplies and replenishment for more than 20 years. If you have any questions about the type of first aid kit you need for your business, call us today at 630-960-5060.