Lower Your Business’ Fire Risk With These Tips | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County
Planning ahead for your business generally involves quarterly projections and operational budgets, but planning ahead to reduce your fire risk is also a wise choice. A fire can devastate a business in a moment, putting unprepared owners in a tough predicament that many do not recover from. By planning ahead, you can be prepared for what happens during and after a fire to help your business recover.
To protect your investment, yourself and your staff, increasing your preparedness for a fire is crucial. To help you have a reference guide, we have assembled some must-know tips to lower your business’ fire risk and make sure you are ready for any emergency scenario.
<h3tips-to-reduce-your-fire-risk">Safety Tips to Reduce Your Fire Risk
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Keep track of the recommended safety guidelines for businesses to kick off your fire preparedness efforts. Set up by the National Fire Protection Association, these standards are a great resource for scheduling inspections, providing adequate signage and everything else you need to know to make sure you are up to code.
Identify your specific risks. Depending on your industry, you may have additional fire risks specific to your business. Things like special equipment, cooking surfaces, chemicals and more can all contribute to your likelihood of a fire and should be built into your fire safety planning for best results.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. A fire alarm sounding can spark confusion that quickly becomes fear if those in the building are not sure what to do. Making sure your staff is prepared can help the evacuation process go smoothly. Identify and mark evacuation routes and set an outdoor meeting space, then regularly host drills to make sure everyone is aware of the procedure.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Drills are the most important, but general fire tips are also useful to review with your team. Make sure everyone knows how to use equipment safely, where to locate fire extinguishers and when to sound the fire alarm if they see flames or smell smoke so everyone can practice fire safety throughout their workday.
If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 24⁄7 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.