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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. Are Your Emergency Eye Wash Stations Ready for Action?

    December 19, 2017 by Total Fire and Safety

    If you have hazardous chemicals onsite, you likely need an emergency eyewash station.

    One of the many vital services we provide at Total Fire and Safety is performing inspections on emergency showers and eye wash stations. Like any fire or safety equipment, routine inspections are a must to ensure your equipment will perform perfectly at a moment’s notice. In an emergency situation, nobody has the time troubleshoot an underperforming piece of equipment, let alone attempt to repair it. We’ve outlined the steps we take to ensure your eye wash station or emergency shower is ready in an emergency:

    1. Ensure everything about the station’s location is correct. We first make sure the station is in an area it is needed. A working emergency eye wash station is of no use if it is not accessible to those who may need it. While showers tend to be fixed structures, eye wash stations can be either fixed or mobile. We also make sure the station is unobstructed and away from any source of debris or hazardous spray, which could compromise its usefulness.

    2. Next, we inspect the exterior. We visually check every part of the station for any signs of damage, such as leaks, cracks, or other signs. Then, we check that all the hardware is intact and correctly in place, such as the caps, valves, and pull rods for showers. We then verify everything is at the correct height and that all signage is in its proper place before moving on to the next step.

    3. After the visual inspection, we test the operation. For every eye wash station, we check the flow of water by gauging its height, volume, and response time from the moment of activation. For showers, we verify the water flows properly and onto the correct area.

    4. For portable units, we empty and replace the water. This is to ensure the water in the reservoir is not only full, but clean and fresh. This step is also taken so that we can rinse out the inside as well as check for foreign debris or contaminants which could compromise the integrity of the eye wash station.

    5. Finally, we clean everything and document the inspection. This entails wiping everything down with a rag and cleaning solution. Once this is done, we apply the inspection tag to the station to communicate to others when the inspection took place and what was performed. We also keep our own records of the inspection by filling out detailed information in an eyewash report.

    In any facility that may contain hazardous substances, you may find an emergency shower or eye wash station idly waiting until needed. These units are not given much thought, but anyone who has ever used one in an emergency situation will vouch for its importance to stay in proper working order. If you have any questions or concerns about your emergency eye wash station or shower, or about the readiness of any of your fire safety equipment, please contact us.