Do you have functional fire alarm systems? If you don’t, then this time of year is an opportunity to assess how well you are prepared for fire emergencies. Even if nothing happened during the busy holiday season, you should make fire safety one of your priorities for the new year. Here are some tips on how to make that happen.
Install a New Fire Alarm
One easy way to ensure fire safety in your business is to install new fire alarms. Your current fire alarms may be outdated or may have stopped working without your knowledge. Don’t let the next fire emergency be when you find out what has happened to it. Getting professional assistance with this task is how you can protect your employees, customers, visitors, and business reputation.
Continue Training Employees
You need to train your employees on what to do when a fire breaks out. For one thing, running regular fire drills is just as important in an office or retail building as it is in an educational setting. Show them how to evacuate, when to call for first responders, and most importantly, how to operate fire extinguishers properly.
Inspect Sprinklers and Smoke Detectors
Without sprinklers and smoke detectors, the damage and devastation caused by fires can be even worse than if these measures are in place. Thus, when it comes to fire safety, that you need to ensure these devices are in working order. Have them inspected at regular intervals, even if that only happens once a year.
Check Emergency Exits
Keep all emergency exits clear. Sometimes, the best way to follow fire safety is to have everyone in the building escape the building. They can’t do that if the emergency doors are blocked or are otherwise inaccessible. Make sure it’s easy to find the exits, and that the stairwells they are connected to are not used as storage areas. Clutter can be dangerous when everyone needs to get out right away.
Dispose of Trash Properly
All paper trash must be disposed of properly. Also, make sure to dispose of waste materials they way they are supposed to – and don’t expose anything to heat sources where they might ignite.
Turn Off Electronics
Turning off electronics can also help prevent electrical fires. This means all computers, microwaves, toasters, and office equipment should be switched off and unplugged at the end of the day, and over the weekend too.
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