There’s nothing more devastating than a fire ripping through your business and destroying everything you’ve worked so hard to build. This is why it’s so important to focus on ways to keep your business and employees safe and protected.
To be able to protect your business from fire, there are a few things you can do. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Have the Proper Equipment
The first step to protecting your business from fire is to make sure you’re equipped with the necessary items. A fire sprinkler service, fire alarm systems, and essential contact information are key things to have. It’s also very important to have fire extinguishers and a safety plan in place in case you need to evacuate. You should also constantly be keeping track of your inventory and what you have in your place of business. In the case that a fire does occur and that nothing is salvageable, you’ll need to know of everything that you lost for insurance purposes. It’ll really help you to stay organized and on top of things.
Assess Fire Hazards
Fires in warehouse properties have gone significantly down over the past 30 years, from 4,700 in 1980 to 1,200 in 2011. With that being said, fires can still occur in any place of business. Make sure that any cords aren’t near any heat sources and constantly be aware of any areas that may be seen as a fire hazard. You may reach out to a fire marshal to inspect your location for additional peace of mind.
Keep Yourself and Your Employees Informed
In order to make sure your employees are all on the same page, there are a few things you should do. Make sure that everyone knows how to call 911 in the case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to do monthly fire drills so that your employees know how to exit the building in case of a fire. You should also teach them the ins and outs of the fire sprinkler service and fire alarm designs. If there’s a need for fire sprinkler repairs, give them the name of the person who can fix it if you’re not around.
Taking the steps to help prevent a fire is a key task any business owner should do. Whether it’s by hosting fire drills or by making sure you have a fire sprinkler installed, it’s always better to make sure you’re overly protected instead of not being protected enough.