S.A.F.E.@work: Leading Causes of Industrial Fires

Flame-resistant clothing company highlights key hazards to encourage proactive safety measures.

May 1st, 2017
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Flash fire, arc flash and other thermal hazards pose a significant safety threat in a variety of workplaces. Recognizing the key causes of these hazards in industrial settings - as well as wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) - can go a long way toward reducing worker injuries. In light of this, Workrite Uniform Co., a flame-resistant (FR) clothing manufacturer, encourages all industrial personnel to pay careful attention to the following common fire starters and implement proper safety measures.

Flammable Liquids and Gases

Chemical products, paints, lubricants and petroleum gas are just a few examples of flammable materials that may be found in industrial workplaces. To prevent fires, it is important to store such items correctly, keep them away from potential ignition sources and always ensure proper ventilation.

Electrical Equipment

Whether it is a fire ignited by sparks from an overloaded outlet or a full-scale electric arc flash, even the smallest misstep can have deadly consequences when electrical equipment is involved. Ensuring electrical equipment is well-maintained and routinely inspected, as well as de-energizing equipment before beginning electrical work whenever possible, can help reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

Processes Requiring Heat Sources

From welding to using Bunsen burners in a laboratory, a variety of industrial work practices involve heat and flame. While these processes are unavoidable in many workplaces, carefully monitoring all heat sources and open flames helps ensure they remain effectively contained and aids in preventing fires from spreading.

Combustible Dust

Combustible dust is any particle that, when suspended in the air under particular conditions, can catch fire and explode. It is especially common in industries related to power generation, food, grains, plastics, paper, rubber, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and fossil fuels. Help prevent combustible dust explosions by adhering to diligent housekeeping procedures and conducting regular inspections.

Malfunctioning Machinery

If industrial machines aren’t working properly, they have the potential to overheat, create sparks from excess friction and/or contribute to electrical hazards. To minimize the risk of fires, make sure that all machines are used correctly and maintained routinely.


About Workrite Uniform Co. Workrite Uniform Co. is a business-to-business (B2B) affiliate of Williamson-Dickie (“Dickies”), a global workwear brand. Founded in 1973, Workrite Uniform has delivered high-quality flame-resistant (FR) workwear for more than 40 years. It is also the leading supplier of FR station wear for fire service. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, Workrite Uniform is solely focused on the development and manufacturing of FR clothing for industries throughout North America. Today, Workrite Uniform offers four FR brands - Workrite FR, Workrite FR Fire Service, Dickies FR and Walls FR - in the B2B market. For more information about Workrite Uniform, please visit www.workrite.com.

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