16_Health_and_Safety_Information_Bulletin_06 Health and Safety Information Bulletin 06 - Fire Prevention

The fire prevention triangle


  • A fire needs three elements – heat, oxygen and fuel
  • Without heat, oxygen and fuel a fire will not start or spread. To prevent fires – ensure to remove one or more of the elements

Combustible and flammable materials that could cause a fire


Combustible and flammable materials:

  • Flammable liquids (e.g. chemicals, cleaning agents, petrol, oils and greases)
  • Flammable solids (e.g. paper, cardboard)
  • Flammable gasses (e.g. propane and butane)

How to avoid potential fires


  • Avoid accumulations of combustible rubbish and waste, and remove at least daily and store away from the building
  • Never store flammable or combustible rubbish, even temporarily, in escape routes or where it can contact potential sources of heat
  • Position waste skips so that a fire will not put any structure at risk
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up

How to avoid potential fires


  • Ensure smoking area(s) are away from flammable materials
  • Arrange for cigarettes and matches to be disposed of safely and away from other combustible rubbish
  • Identify all flammable materials so that proper controls can be put in place
  • Train employees on safe storage, handling and use of flammable materials
  • Keep flammables properly stored and secured

Ensure fire detection and alarm systems, smoke control and smoke management systems are regularly checked and maintained. For specific requirements please consult the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.