Ways Business Owners Can Lower Their Fire Risk | SERVPRO® of La Puente/City of Industry West
If you own your own business, you understand how many elements there are to plan for—but have you planned for emergency scenarios such as fires? Commercial fires can start for many reasons, and for those who are not prepared, they can be devastating. Planning ahead to reduce the risk of a fire on your property can go a long way in protecting your investment.
To make the planning process as easy as possible, we have compiled a list of the essential tips for fire safety that every business owner should know. By taking these simple measures, you can greatly increase preparedness at your business and reduce your time for recovery, as well.
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Checking up on commercial fire safety codes is a great first step toward your business’ fire preparedness efforts. These codes are set up by the National Fire Protection Association and cover things such as fire exits, equipment inspections and other precautions you can take within the workplace to be prepared.
Identify your specific risks. Depending on your industry, you may have additional fire risks specific to your business. Things like special equipment, cooking surfaces, chemicals and more can all contribute to your likelihood of a fire and should be built into your fire safety planning for best results.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. For businesses with on-site staff, taking time to plan and practice a fire escape is essential to fire safety plans. When the fire alarm sounds, confusion can quickly turn to panic if the staff is unprepared. Make sure everyone is aware of the exits throughout the building and where to reconvene for a headcount outside.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. In addition, to escape drills, general fire safety tips should also be reviewed with staff frequently. Indicating the storage location of fire extinguishers, proper use of the equipment and other fire hazards around the building, and any other relevant information pertinent to fire safety will keep both new hires and experienced staff educated and prepared.
If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 24⁄7 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.