04 - Housekeeping Smoking Controls

Good housekeeping is a critical component of any fire prevention program. Combustible waste and dust, discarded smoking materials, and storage near ignition sources such as electrical boards and lights are document sources of fire inception. Congestion, storage in aisles and blocked exits can also hinder firefighting. Unnecessary build-up of waste adds to the overall combustible content of the site.

What do we look for?


  • The type, amount, and extent of fire load and hazardous materials present and available to cause or support a fire facilitated by the presence of accumulated waste or uncontrolled smoking
  • Fire load or hazardous materials introducing an unusual (higher or lower) degree of exposure to the occupancy compared to normal expectations.


  • Formal programs to control housekeeping and smoking
  • Housekeeping staff, equipment, and practices are established to control waste both inside and outside of buildings
  • All employees are engaged directly or indirectly with supporting and maintaining good housekeeping
  • Periodic housekeeping audits are conducted to evaluate implementation and performance of the housekeeping program
  • Smoking regulations are established with disciplinary actions for non-compliance
  • Smoking and no smoking areas are clearly marked. Visitors are required to comply with smoking regulations.

Risk improvement ideas

  • Implement and enforce a formal self-inspection program to verify good housekeeping standards are maintained.
  • Ban smoking in buildings. Explain bans to staff and post prominent notices at all entrances to buildings. If necessary consider disciplinary procedures.
  • Regular specialized cleaning programs to reduce build-up of combustible or explosive dusts.
  • Routine waste collection and removal, with segregated hazardous waste removal procedures.

Risk Topics

Housekeeping - Fire Safety

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