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Convenience store cook died from smoke inhalation.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 11IA035, 2012 Oct; :1-10
A 53-year-old female convenience store cook was working in an unopened store preparing food for the upcoming morning when fire broke out near the store entrance. While working in the kitchen, the employee did not see the fire until smoke reached the kitchen. She called 911 from her cell phone to indicate that she couldn't get out of the building; Smoke and fire impeded exit through the front door and emergency exit door (the two designated means of egress), and the decedent was found by firefighters in the back store room near the northwest delivery door. No smoke detection system was present in the building. RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. Install and maintain smoke or smoke/heat detectors within the building to provide early warning of fires. 2. Review emergency evacuation plans with all employees to ensure workers know all escape routes in the event the main exit is blocked by fire. 3. Involve employees in routine testing of emergency exit door operation. 4. Incorporate emergency exit needs when designing store security, ensuring emergency exit doors are operable with single action whenever the store is occupied. 5. Mark emergency pathways with appropriate lighting. 6. Remove malfunctioning electrical equipment from service.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Work-practices; Fire-extinguishers; Fire-protection; Fire-safety; Fire-protection-equipment; Author Keywords: cook; convenience store; fire
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-11IA035; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008460
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Iowa Department of Public Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division