Electric forklift trucks have become increasingly popular due to their environmentally friendly nature, but they still pose a fire hazard. Here are some tips for fire safety when using electric forklift trucks:
1. Regular Maintenance: Regular maintenance of the forklift trucks is essential to prevent fire hazards. Ensure that the batteries are in good condition, cables are not frayed, and the charging system is working correctly.
2. Proper Charging: Always charge the forklift batteries in a well-ventilated area, away from any flammable materials. Ensure that the charging area is clean and free from any debris.
3. Battery Safety: Never touch the battery terminals with bare hands or metal objects as it can cause a spark and ignite the battery. Always wear gloves and use insulated tools when working on the batteries.
4. No Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the charging and operation areas of the forklift trucks. The batteries emit hydrogen gas, which is highly flammable and can be ignited by a spark.
5. Emergency Plan: Have an emergency plan in place in case of a fire. Ensure that all employees are trained in fire safety procedures and know how to use fire extinguishers.
6. Fire Extinguishers: Keep fire extinguishers in the charging and operation areas of the forklift trucks. Ensure that the fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and maintained.
7. Storage: Store the forklift batteries in a designated area away from any flammable materials. Ensure that the area is well-ventilated and has proper fire protection systems installed.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your electric forklift trucks are safe from fire hazards.
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