3 Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business
Consider Incorporating These Three Tips Into Your Plan
Your fire prevention plan is one of your best defenses against fires occurring in your business.
1. Know Your Risks
You should be familiar with fire safety codes for your business. The National Fire Protection Association publishes information on commercial fire safety. Additionally, the fire marshal and local government in Warwick, RI, may offer resources that can help you prevent a business fire. Ask about having the fire marshal visit your property. If this isn't an option, your building's property manager may be able to assist.
2. Train Your Employees
Without proper employee training, most of your fire prevention efforts will fail. Make sure your employees are familiar with your fire plan and know what to do if a fire occurs. Training should include instruction on evacuating the building, contacting emergency services, providing first aid, scheduling fire restoration services, and using fire extinguishers. Designate one of your employees as your fire safety officer. This person will be responsible for creating escape routes, updating your fire plan and ensuring your fire safety equipment is up to date. Establish meeting points for employees so that you can make sure everyone is accounted for during a fire.
3. Install Fire Suppression Equipment
Sprinkler systems that automatically deploy when extreme heat from a fire is detected are 95% effective at preventing the spread of small fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In addition to sprinklers, fire extinguishers should be installed in all areas of your business, so that employees can put out small fires that do not trigger the sprinkler system. Cooking areas in your building should be outfitted with fire suppression systems designed to douse cooking fires.
A comprehensive fire prevention plan can help you avoid fire damage and mitigate any fires that do occur. These three tips can help you create an effective plan.