Lessening Fire Risks as a Business Owner
Planning for the unpredictable is an important part of owning your own business, especially in regards to planning for emergencies such as fires. A fire can devastate a business if it is not adequately prepared, but a little bit of fire safety can drastically reduce the associated risks. Making sure that your business is following fire safety protocols is essential to mitigating the likelihood of a fire occurring.
Performing fire safety planning ahead of time by adhering to codes, identifying risks and preparing employees will help make sure that you and your staff are safer and help you recover in a fire’s aftermath. Commercial fires can happen at any time, so planning for a variety of scenarios is key.
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Knowing fire safety codes for businesses set up by the National Fire Protection Association is a great launching point for fire safety. Inspecting equipment on schedule and adhering to the other fire safety standards is an extremely important part of fire risk reduction that should be taken seriously.
Identify your specific risks. Not every business has the same fire risk profile as others, meaning it is important to be aware of the things specific to your business that might increase the likelihood of a fire. Consider equipment and supplies that could be fire starters and make sure you have contingency plans in place surrounding these items.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Fire alarms can quickly cause a panic among employees who are not adequately prepared, so if you have on-site staff, it is important to get ahead of this. Hosting regular fire escape drills will solidify the evacuation plan in everyone’s mind so that they are able to react quickly and calmly in a real world fire event.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Drills are a wonderful place to start, but general fire tips should also be reviewed often. Helping staff know how to increase their fire safety throughout their daily routines will reduce your chances of experiencing a fire to begin with and make sure everyone feels more prepared.
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