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A Guide to Workplace Fire Preparedness

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Taking note of the risks your business is likely to face is wise—especially when it comes to emergencies such as fires. Workplace fires are a common occurrence that can cause a serious headache for your business, especially if you and your staff are under-prepared.

Handling an emergency scenario such as a fire efficiently is key for lowering your risks and keeping your staff safe. By understanding common fire starters, evacuation practices and equipment requirements, you can increase the safety of your workplace and work toward a quicker recovery in the aftermath.

How to Prepare for Fires at Your Business

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Your business should be up to date on fire codes set forth by the National Fire Protection Association regarding fire equipment and testing. Make sure you know when to perform your monthly tests of alarms, as well as when to work with your local fire department for more in-depth inspections.

Identify your specific risks. There are many fire risks that can be present in any commercial building, and certain industries carry far more dangers than others. As a business owner, it is smart to assess both your office space as well as any warehousing or any special equipment you may have that could contribute to your overall fire risk profile.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Being able to get out quickly in case of a fire is key to keeping everyone as safe as possible. Designate at least two exit paths from each area of your building and host fire drills with your staff frequently. By helping everyone be adequately prepared, you can reduce panic in a real-life scenario and ensure no one is injured in the process.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Bringing the staff together for fire safety demonstrations will make sure everyone is practicing fire safety tips in their daily tasks. Go over safety in the staff kitchen, storage locations of fire extinguishers, and when and how to activate the building’s fire alarm in case of an emergency to increase everyone’s safety in the workplace.

If your Nevada, Story City or surrounding area business has experienced a fire, we’re here 247 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.

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