You’ve finally manifested your dream business and made it a reality. You found a building to begin working in and even have a few employees ready to get started. In order to be a successful employer, however, you need to provide your employees with a safe work environment.
Granted, you most likely found a building that is more than suitable for your needs, but as you will soon discover, space is half the battle. There are multiple requirements that you must meet in order for your place of business to be deemed safe. One of the main requirements is effective fire detection and suppression systems.
These systems don’t appear out of thin air either, they come from qualified fire protection companies. You know of a few that might be worthwhile services, but how do you know if they’re a reputable fire protection company?
One of the number one aspects of quality fire protection services is their ability to respond to your needs quickly. A faulty alarm system or an expired extinguisher will require immediate repair or replacement or your business could face potential consequences from the Fire Marshal. This means two things: finding a local company and finding a company that you can rely on for quick responses.
If you have state-of-the-art fire equipment in your building or would like to have it, then you’ll need a company that has the knowledge to install and service the latest technology. If you have old technology that still passes OSHA regulations, then you’ll want a company that knows how to repair and service older equipment. In other words, good fire protection companies are experienced with all technology both old and new.
Ideally, you want a company that will be able to be flexible with their appointments and rescheduling mishaps. If you run a hustling and bustling business, then having a repair technician servicing your alarm system during business hours might be inconvenient. Find a service that can adjust to your individual business needs, including the occasional rescheduling.
Another trait you want to look for in a fire protection service is open communication and transparency. You should be able to ask questions to your technicians and provider about services rendered, safety requirements, and any other questions you may have. They should also have open discourse with you concerning potential fire hazards and/or safety risks in the building. Working collaboratively with fire protection companies is the key to creating a safe working environment.
When it comes to protecting your employees and your business, you shouldn’t take matters lightly. A simple installation of both automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in every building could cut the overall amount injuries, loss of life, and property damage in half.
Don’t take unnecessary risks, contact a local fire protection company to find out what types of fire protection services they offer.