As a business owner, you are most likely “putting out fires” daily. 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 want to keep you and your employees safe. Keep reading for our safety cheat sheet!
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 essential to try to minimize these as much as possible. Some tips include: make sure office equipment is working correctly 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
Protect your office with fire equipment
First and foremost, fire sprinklers are like having firefighters protecting your office 24/7. They can extinguish a fire before firefighters even have time to arrive on the scene and are proven to save lives and property. Additional equipment that you should have include: smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, and flashlights.
Have a plan
You can never predict when or where a fire will happen. The best thing is to prepare yourself. 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 away from the building to 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 will 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.