Fire is a serious hazard in mines. Electrical cables, explosives, gas and many other mining elements are potential fire hazards. People need to take precautions in mines to ensure that these fire hazards do not become threats. Here are a few tips regarding fire prevention in mines:
Every mine needs to undergo a risk assessment. This tip allows for fire prevention by determining all the areas where there are fire hazards. The site manager can then create a viable fire protection plan that will keep workers safe from these hazards.
Safety policy compliance
The site manager should ensure that each piece of equipment, every vehicle and every employee is working according to the safety policies that have been put in place. The site managers should also work according to these standards to ensure that there is no chance of a fire.
Fire prevention equipment needs to be installed throughout the mine. This equipment includes hoses, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, foam systems, breathing equipment and other systems. Not only should this equipment be installed, it should be maintained regularly to ensure that it is in working condition in case of a fire.
All staff need to be trained adequately to ensure that they can protect themselves from fire. They need to know what to do if a fire were to start. They should be trained in using the fire prevention equipment such as extinguishers and hoses. They should also know how to use respiratory equipment to protect their lungs from inhaling the smoke created by a fire.