Posted on: 22 February 2017
In 2015, non-residential fires cost property owners more than $3 billion in damage. As a business owner, keeping your property out of this statistical group is important. Fortunately, there is a way you can easily work towards this goal. Here are just some of the things you can do lower the fire risk for your building.
Know Your Risk
In any battle, you can't adequately protect yourself if you don't know what you're up against. Protecting yourself from a fire is no exception to this rule. You need to first understand what risk factors surround your business. For example, with a restaurant or any building with an active kitchen, grease fires become a real risk.
In this scenario, having the appropriate type of extinguisher in the area for this type of blaze is critical. The more you know what you're up against, the better you can plan. If you need assistance, fire safety professionals will sometimes come out to your property and conduct a risk assessment for you.
Recognize The Importance Of Testing
Your fire alarm and other safety equipment don't come with the luxury of malfunctioning. The proper operation of these devices can literally be the difference between life and death. Since all electrical systems aren't invincible, it's important to test them on a regular basis.
Frequent testing allows you to quickly highlight a problem and have it repaired before you actually need to rely on the unit. While testing frequency varies, around once a month is a great place to start. However, a review of the owner's manual or speaking with a fire safety professional can help you come up with more accurate schedule for you needs.
Ensure Your Team Is Trained
It's hard to fully stress just how critical it is for you to train your staff. Not only should your team members know what safety measures to take in order to prevent a fire, but they should also be equipped with details on what to do in the event of a fire.
Their prompt actions can minimize damage and most importantly, the threat of injury to anyone in the area. In addition to training employees on fire safety when they first are on-boarded, consider making this training an annual type of program to serve as a constant refresher.
Ensure you are taking advantage of any measures that can help better protect your business property, employees, and customers from the risk of a fire.Share