While the number of commercial fires has been on the decline over the last few decades, fires still pose a serious threat. In 2015, there were 113,500 fires, with more than $3 billion dollars in damage. As a business owner, taking action to lower the possibility of finding yourself within this group is important. Take action by working towards heightened fire safety.
Establish A Plan
A fire can still occur no matter how much effort you put into safety. When you are faced with an uncontrollable scenario, you might not be able to avoid a fire, but you can aim to minimize its effects. Establish a plan of action in the event of an incident.
Start by tasking the managers and supervisors on your team with the responsibility of immediately contacting emergency personnel, performing accountability for all team members and using a fire extinguisher when they can safely do so. Having a plan in place allows everyone to move faster and creates order, instead of chaos.
Highlight Your Risks
It's very difficult to protect yourself if you don't know your own risks. Take some time to examine your structure, your processes and other operational procedures to highlight what your areas of risk are so that you can better focus your prevention efforts.
For example, if it is common practice for your employees to store trash near the radiator, this is something to focus your attention on. The waste could easily catch fire if the trash overfills. Highlighting this problem lets you know that you need to relocate the trash, or at the very least, ensure it never overfills.
Keep Your Safety Equipment Up-To-Date
It doesn't matter if you have a sprinkler system, fire alarm, and a host of fire extinguishers on hand. If this equipment is not functioning correctly, it is basically useless. Make it a goal to better maintain your equipment.
For your sprinkler and fire alarm system, you can achieve this with regular testing. The owner's manual for your system will let you know how frequently you need to test, but once a month is a good place to begin. For your fire extinguishers, keep a record of their expiration date so that you know when to replace.
Your efforts towards fire safety don't just impact the protection of your building, but also the employees and customers that you value so much. Click here to investigate fire safety.