You work hard to grow your business and keep the doors open. From lack of new business to ever-changing economic times, you have plenty of challenges that are out of your control. However, there are some things that can damage your business that you can prevent – such as fires or natural disasters. In today’s post, we are going to share some fire prevention and fire safety tips for business owners.
Business Owner Fire Safety Tips
No matter whether you run a one man operation or a Fortune 500 company with thousands of employees, suffering from a fire can be a financially devastating and potentially tragic event that you (and your business) may not be able to recover from.
Aside from property damage and safety hazards, fires can also cause financial loss to a business from a liability perspective (think employee or customer lawsuits), as well as from downtime – if your doors are closed, odds are, you are not making money!
Fire Extinguishers and Business Safety
One of the most important tools you have at your disposal if a fire breaks out are fire extinguishers. They can make the difference between a small, inconsequential fire and a full blown blaze. Having them in areas that are prone to fire outbreaks (think kitchens or break rooms) is key. They should also be in plain site, so that you or your employees do not need to go searching for them.
In fact, part of every employee training should include safety measures. Pointing out the location of all fire extinguishers should be a part of this effort, as well as teaching each employee how to actually use one in the even that a fire does break out.
Lastly, be sure that you have the right class of fire extinguisher (Class A for regular combustibles, Class B for flammable liquids, Class C for electrical equipment, and Class D for combustible metals) and that your fire extinguishers are fully charged.
Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms
Early fire detection is crucial to preventing a fire from getting out of control and causing fire and smoke damage. Because of that, you want to ensure your building has smoke detectors in each room and fire alarms on each floor. Smoke detectors should be tested each month and batteries replaced at the change of each season (once every 3 months). If your smoke detectors are ten years old or older (or if you do not know their age) replace them – like everything else, smoke detectors have a life expectancy too!
Overhead Sprinklers Prevent Fire Damage
Another important tool for fire safety and fire prevention in a business setting are overhead sprinklers. When smoke is detected or a fire alarm is triggered, the sprinklers will turn on, dousing any flames and preventing fire from spreading.
If you have water-sensitive equipment or are concerned about documents getting water damage (and that threat is just as dangerous for your business as smoke and fire damage), you can consider installing overhead fire sprinklers in areas that are more prone to fire outbreaks.