As a business owner, it is easy to focus on a thousand other things than fire prevention. You know there is a risk of fire in your workplace, but it never seems like an imminent threat. Until it is. Because of the catastrophic loss and danger that a fire can cause, it should be the focus of every business. By implementing these five fire prevention tips, you can keep your team, your building, and your business safe. See what they are and what you can do starting today.
- Regulate fire safety equipment. Equipment such as smoke detectors and functioning fire sprinklers are essential for quickly alerting and stopping fires. Carry out regular checks and make sure everything is working properly and working properly in the event of a fire. Fire extinguishers are often a first line of defense and should be located throughout your facility in easily accessible locations. To ensure they are working properly, carry out routine inspections, service them annually and inform your team of their location and train them on how to use the extinguishers. Make sure your building̵7;s exits and fire escapes, if you have them, are in safe condition.
- Inspect the electronics. Electrical fires account for many business fires every year. A good way to reduce this risk in your workplace is to check cords, sockets and cables. Make sure they are in good condition and working properly. Look for frayed wires, cords that are too close to flammable objects, overloaded outlets and more. Replace and maintain electronics if they do not meet standards.
- Keep a clean work surface. Keeping all work areas clean not only helps prevent fires, but also prevents exits from being blocked in the event of a fire. Do not store boxes or place other large furniture near exit points. If there’s smoke in the air, keep walkways clear and your team an easy way out to reduce the risk of tripping. Another important area to clean is equipment that can collect dust, dirt, chemicals or other fire hazards. Routine cleaning must be part of the job.
- Conduct emergency drills. While an emergency drill won’t stop an actual fire, it can stop more danger to your team and damage to your building. Conduct fire and evacuation drills a couple of times a year to make sure your staff knows what to do and where to go if a fire breaks out. When new team members join, include fire safety training in their onboarding. Also, be sure to post your fire evacuation plans throughout your building in case someone forgets them or a visitor is there.
- Work with a security services expert. Different industries will be faced with different fire risks. One of the safest and best things you can do is to have a security expert inspect your workplace and identify threats unique to your building. A team member will meet with you for a briefing, pinpoint areas that need improvement, and help you implement solutions. It is an effective way to reduce fires.
Remember: If a fire starts, notify team members of the fire immediately, call 9-1-1 and take the stairs (not the elevator) to safety. These actions can save time at critical moments and save lives.
With our five fire prevention tips, you can work safely and get extra peace of mind. Want another layer of protection for your business? Contact a local, independent agent to discuss which business insurance is best for your business.