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


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