Fire Prevention

An OSFM fire prevention specialist inspecting a new facilityThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.


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Day Care Fire Safety

Mike Wikle | Jul 22, 2013

When planning to open a day care facility, fire safety is a major concern. You are ultimately responsible for the safety of every individual who enters your premises: staff, children, parents, and visitors. It’s therefore essential that you have in place a fire safety policy which, in conjunction with excellent safety features throughout your premises, means that you are doing everything to ensure fire safety in your day care. Your job is to take steps necessary to minimize fire risk and should a fire occur you will have procedures in place to evacuate staff and children.

What steps are you taking to avoid the risk of fire at your day care? Your safety program should detail and address safe storage of chemicals and liquids, safe storage of gas cooking items (outdoor grills), and making sure that the propane tank can’t be tampered with. It might be wise to remove the tank from the unit to prevent  it from being accidentally turned on by children if stored outside in the backyard where they are playing.

Does the person you leave in charge while you’re gone know what to do?  Ongoing staff training is also a vital element of your program so staff knows what to do in the event of an emergency and can act calmly and quickly. This training and review of your safety program only takes a few minutes and you should have regular refreshers annually with them, and document that you have spoken with them, time, date, and signature would be appropriate ways to keep documentation for this. Your drills should include the name of the daycare, person conducting the drill, time, who is calling the fire department, and how many children had participated. Finally the report should highlight any areas that caused concerns or needs improvement.

Doing just the following items listed above will ultimately reduce some of the potential fire risk within your day care.

 

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