Roscoe Blog

The Roscoe Company Examines its Preparedness for National Fire Prevention Month

Jim Buik - Friday, October 10, 2014
Team Members Practice Containment Procedures at the Uniform Company

Roscoe, the Chicago mat company, is an avid fan of planning, setting goals and creating contingency plans for all sorts of situations. Emergency situations may occur that no amount of planning can prevent, but being as prepared as possible is key for a swift recovery.

The loss experienced from an unforeseen fire whether at home or at a business place is devastating. According to OSHA, fires and explosions kill an estimated 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 others each year in the U.S.; or 3% of all Fatal Occupational Injuries. A workplace fire could wreak havoc in a matter of minutes. Therefore, it’s vital to have a fire prevention plan in place.

Team Members Practice Containment Procedures at the Uniform Company

The uniform services company recently completed fire extinguisher training with certain affected team members. A certified and trained team from Martin Mack Fire and Safety Company came to the laundry services location and held a training session with demonstrations on extinguishing a variety of fires and other containment procedures, prepping our team to act accordingly in the event of an emergency.

Perhaps the most important thing a business can do in the event of an emergency is prepare their personnel on proper procedures. If all team members are aware of their responsibilities and knowledgeable on safety procedures it will greatly reduce injuries and property damage and overall minimize the impact of a fire or other emergency.

Knowledgeable Team Members on Safety Procedures Means Safer Workplace

In the fire safety and evacuation plan, it should be included which team members are responsible for moving people to the nearest exit(s), when a fire should be contained, who should contain a fire, who is responsible for alerting the entire business and who is responsible for contacting professionals. In addition, team members should

  • Study posted evacuation plans
  • Learn two ways out of each work area
  • Know the designated meeting place
  • Know the system that accounts for everyone in the building
  • Practice an evacuation plan at least once a year

In addition to training team members other fire prevention techniques should be taken into consideration. For example:

  • Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public
  • Ensure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean
  • If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended
  • Make sure exit doors are clearly marked, lit up and free from obstruction
  • Make sure there are adequate fire extinguishers that are up to date
  • Make sure the fire alarm and sprinkler system is tested or checked annually
Team Members Practice Containment Procedures at the Uniform Company

Ensure Your Business is Prepared for Emergency Situations this National Fire Prevention Month

OSHA also provides a checklist for employer responsibilities that should be referenced in keeping with providing a safe workplace. Or, you can check out this more general business fire safety checklist.

October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to examine your preparedness. Let’s work together to keep our businesses, team members and family safe. Contact the uniform company to find out more about our fire safety and evacuation plan.

Contact us to learn more about Roscoe: The Chicago Work Uniform Company

Recent Posts


food processing air sanitizer invoicing FreshSeat microfiber soaker mats flame resistant anti-static uniforms shop towel rule SHARP certification teamwork automatic paper towel dispensers barcode OSHA automatic hand sanitizers feeding america wastewater treatment midwest textile services association (MTSA) custom floor mats restroom cleaning supplies cleaning process food safety modernization act (FSMA) family picnic testimonials chicago tribune hand sanitizer Independent Textile Rental Association (ITRA) image apparel work uniforms Earth Day governor's sustainability award branded merchandise scraper mats shortages g&k toilet seat cleaners laundryESP Innovation award sorting system leasing activewear dust mops pathogen elimination 20-year-club logo apparel 95th anniversary arrow uniform blackhawks linen laundry bags coat angels clean show succession planning floor mat rental customer satisfaction survey textile rental services association (TRSA) wipers restroom hygiene products automatic foam soap nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) clean green certified kannegiesser Angel Tree ISO 9001:2008 soil scanning executive uniform garments toilet seat sanitizer laundry services shop towels case study cintas UHF chips super bristle mats blood drive net promoter score local and independent restroom supplies unifirst national fire protection association (NFPA) anti-fatigue mats success story ANSI A21 WalkForFreedom work uniform rental manufacturing National Safety Month outerwear high visibility garden city business center sludge filter image mats illinois patriot education fund (IPEF) hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) flu prevention logo mats roll towels continuous improvement community service keynelink ISO 9001:2015 history executive management institute (EMI) lawndale business renaissance association (LBRA) hygienically clean customer communication Sustainability wet mops facility tour fleece family business microbial contamination facilities management services corporate apparel restroom mats RFID