chapter  4
8 Pages

Fire and Explosion Hazards

ByBarry Spurlock

Even though the statistics reveal a remarkable reduction in the total number of fires, fire deaths, and fire loss costs since the first edition, America's fire death rates are too high for such a socially advanced and industrialized nation. Much of the effort in fire prevention, both public and private, has gone into protecting nonresidential structures, and the results have been highly effective—especially when compared with the residential fire problem. Nationally, there are millions of fires, thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars lost—which makes the US fire problem one of great national importance. Recognizing that fire prevention efforts will never be 100 percent successful, it is necessary to make plans in the event that a fire does occur. An employer must inform employees upon initial assignment to a job of the fire hazards to which they are exposed.