Fire Prevention Week

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire ripped through the city of Chicago, killing 250 people, destroying more than 17,000 structures, and leaving 100,000 people homeless.

Stonehouse Signs Recognizes Fire Prevention Week

Forty years after that tragic event, as a way to recognize efforts to promote fire safety, Fire Prevention Week was declared. And this week, Stonehouse Signs recognizes the longest-running public safety observance in the U.S. For businesses, this is the perfect week to examine why fire safety is important and to take easy fire prevention steps at your workplace.

Although the number of workplace fires has decreased since the Great Chicago Fire, fire safety in the workplace still remains a top priority for OSHA. This is because, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3% of all fatal workplace injuries are the result of a fire or explosion, and this percentage has held steady since 2007.

Luckily for businesses, simple fire prevention measures are easy to implement, and many can be implemented simply through training or reinforcement with workers. Some good general fire prevention and fire safety tips include:

  • Stonehouse Signs Caution Keep Aisles Clear SignsKeep all work spaces clutter free, and especially make sure all exit routes and fire exits remain clear at all times of any debris or obstacles.
  • Stonehouse Signs Danger Flammable Material No Smoking SignMake sure all employees are aware of any flammable materials in the workplace, and also clearly label flammable materials.
  • Stonehouse Signs Fire Exit Sign Exit Door To Right with ArrowMark all fire exit routes and fire exit doors, and hold regular company drills to reinforce evacuation procedures.
  • Stonehouse Signs Do Not Use Tags Danger Unsafe Do Not UseRegularly check all electrical equipment to ensure it is in proper working order, and immediately repair or replace any frayed wires, overloaded circuits or malfunctioning equipment.
  • Stonehouse Signs Electrical Safety Sign Caution Keep Electric Panel Area ClearKeep the area in front of any electrical panels clear of obstacles and debris.
  • Regularly test all fire equipment to ensure it is in working order; this can include testing fire extinguishers, fire alarms or sprinkler systems.



Check with your local fire department regarding specific city or county fire regulations, including any local smoking ordinances. Most fire departments can often also conduct workplace safety inspections – contact your local fire department for more information.

For business owners and safety managers, OSHA also has specific regulations regarding fire prevention and safety in 29 CFR 1910, including regulations on exit routes, fire prevention plans and hazardous materials.

This week, remember that workplace fires can have serious consequences, and make sure your business is focused on fire prevention. 

Since its founding in 1863, Stonehouse Signs has produced high-quality visual communications solutions for various industries and the government. The company specializes in custom products for safety, information and accident prevention, and manufactures a full line of safety signs and facility signssafety tags, vinyl safety decals, and custom magnetic whiteboards designed for extended outdoor life, harsh environments and demanding applications. For more information call 1-800-533-9914 or visit

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