As a business owner, you are most likely “putting out fires” on a daily basis. But if a real fire occurs, would you know what to do? Fires have the potential to be catastrophic for you and your entire business. However, there are many things you can do to prevent a fire from wreaking havoc on your business. Our team here at USA Fire Protection wants to keep you and your employees safe so we put together this “cheat sheet” on Fire Safety for Business Owners!
- Assess the risks and prevent. The best thing you can do in regards to fire safety is to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. An office has fire hazards every corner you turn so it’s important to try to minimize these as much as possible. Some tips include: make sure office equipment is working properly and replaced regularly, instruct employees to practice safe cooking techniques, do not have open flames anywhere, and make sure pathways are clear and exits are not blocked.
- Make sure your office is equipped with fire protection equipment. First and foremost, fire sprinklers are like having firefighters protecting your office 24/7. They are able to extinguish a fire before firefighters even have time to arrive on scene and are proven to save lives and property. Additional equipment that you should have include: smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, and flash lights.
- Have a plan. You can never predict when or where a fire will happen so the best thing to do is to be prepared. Make sure you have come up with escape routes that would allow everyone to get out quickly and safely. These routes should be mapped out and posted throughout the office. You should also select a meeting place that is away from the building that everyone can meet and you can make sure everyone is accounted for. If someone is not there, tell firefighters right away. A fire drill should be practiced at least once a year.
If you follow our “Fire Safety for Business Owners” tips, you’ll be able to “put out a fire” in more ways than one! If you have any other questions about workplace fire safety or how fire sprinklers can save your business, contact USA Fire Protection today! Visit us online or call us at 847-816-0050.