Every year, there are about 100,000 non-residential fires that take place all across the country. Most of these fires start up on the inside of businesses. If a fire ever starts in your business, would you and your employees know what to do? By being proactive about fire safety, you might be able to stop a small fire from turning into a big blaze that ruins your business forever. Here are some ways that you can prepare your business for the possibility of a fire.
Create a fire escape plan.
In the event of a fire inside your business, you and your employees should have a fire escape plan that you follow. You want to get everyone outside and away from the building during a fire so that the fire department can get to work. Sit down and map out a plan that works for your business based on the layout of your building. Post signs in your building with your fire escape plan on it and practice your plan every so often so that your employees know it by heart.
Strategically position fire extinguishers in the right places.
Hopefully, you won’t ever have to worry about a fire breaking out in your building. But if one ever does, you should have fire extinguishers handy to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to other areas. It’s a good idea to position fire extinguishers in places like kitchens and any areas where machinery is being used. You’ll be glad you did if a fire starts in one of these places.
Set up smoke detectors, a fire alarm system, an automatic sprinkler system, and other fire safety equipment.
Regardless of what kind of business you run, you should invest in high-quality fire safety equipment that will reduce the chances of a fire doing extensive damage to your building. Your first step should be to put smoke detectors throughout your building. But you should also consider installing a full-fledged fire alarm system as well as an automatic sprinkler system. You might not ever have to use these systems, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry as far as fire safety is concerned.
One other way you can be proactive about fire safety is by maintaining your fire alarm over time. It’s not going to do you much good if it’s not always in good working condition. Life Safety Consultants can supply you with the fire alarm parts you’ll need to keep your fire alarm system up to date. Call us at 888-557-0558 to order parts for your system.