How to Mitigate Fire Risks to Your Business | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
Being aware of the difficulties your business might face is a key facet of being an owner, but it is important that you consider the dangers posed by factors that may not quickly come to mind—namely, fires. Commercial fires can be devastating, leading to costly damage that requires not only funding, but a lapse in business to restore.
The good news is that by implementing fire safety measures and practicing preparedness, business owners can do wonders to reduce the risks they face from a commercial fire.
By checking codes, understanding your risk profile and helping staff be prepared, you can increase your fire safety and reduce the risk that you will ever have to utilize your knowledge.
Implementing Fire Safety Measures at Your Business
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Knowing what fire safety codes apply to your business according to The National Fire Protection Association is a great place to start with your preparedness efforts. Knowing when you should be having regular equipment inspections, what precautions to take with equipment and other key fire safety elements can go a long way in strengthening your efforts.
Identify your specific risks. There are many things that impact the fire risks your business may face, and it is important to recognize that no two businesses have the same risk profile. Therefore, it is vital to gain an understanding of the specific ways your business may be vulnerable, so your efforts can be focused on the right places.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Preparing staff for a fire alarm sounding is a great way to ensure that everyone remains calm and makes a quick exit from the building in an emergency. By regularly having fire evacuation drills, you can ingrain the process in everyone’s minds so they can be certain of exactly what should be done during a fire.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Hosting general fire safety demonstrations with staff can supplement your evacuation drills, as well. This will help make sure everyone is aware of exactly what they can do throughout their workday to prevent a fire and give them a forum to communicate any questions or concerns about the risks.