Fire Prevention Plans

Fire Prevention Plans

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is a fire prevention plan?

A fire prevention plan (FPP) is intended to prevent a fire from occurring in a workplace. The FPP identifies fuel sources (hazardous or other materials) on site that could initiate or contribute to the spread of a fire, and includes the building systems, such as fixed fire extinguishing systems and alarm systems, in place to control the ignition or spread of a fire.

What are the hazards associated with fire prevention plans?

Failure to have an effective fire prevention plan may allow for ignition sources to cause fires, allow for lack of fire protection equipment needed to control each major fire hazard leading to property loss, and more importantly, may cause loss of human life.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

If the employer has a fire prevention plan, employees should become familiar with the content and how the plan may help to protect them in the event of a fire or other similar emergency.

What resources are available to assist employers?

Safety and Health Programs

The workplace self-inspection checklist includes a discussion of exits and exit routes and can be adapted for use in the workplace. This fire prevention plan and emergency action plan can also be modified to fit the workplace.

Training and Outreach Services

The presentation on exit routes, emergency action and fire prevention plans can be used by employers to assist in their employees' training and should be modified to reflect specific conditions and hazards in their workplaces. 

The education, training and technical assistance bureau also provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request. 

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC).

A-Z Safety and Health Topics

More related information can be found on the A-Z topics pages for emergency action plans and exits and exit routes

Consultation Services

The consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards which are applicable to fire prevention in North Carolina. Note: Please also check the standards information and activity webpage to see if there has been any recent or upcoming regulatory activity on this topic. 

General Industry

Construction

Maritime, Shipyard Employment

OSH standards requiring fire prevention plans:

General Industry

Construction

Other Applicable Standards

The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

Compliance Documents

Industry Guides

Technical Assistance

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.