A commercial fire safety plan is absolutely critical for all businesses to have and maintain. These plans are put in place for the express purpose of protecting anyone within the building during the event of a fire. Commercial fire safety plans need to be up-to-date at all times and comprehensive to ensure the best results even in the worst scenarios.
Fire Protection Systems Inspection
Fire safety starts with appropriate fire protection systems that are kept in peak condition to ensure that they will work in the event of a fire. This includes, but is not limited to, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and other fire suppression systems. These should be inspected regularly, preferably by professionals that can diagnose any issues easily and offer potential solutions to ensure that the systems are operational.
Commercial buildings need to have the appropriate amount of fire extinguishers available on the premises, and they should be confirmed operational through regular inspection and testing. They need to be kept at a certain pressure and should be free of dents and damage that could render them inert. In addition, employees should be put through fire extinguisher training to ensure that they can use them to their full potential during a fire emergency.
Prepare Evacuation Plan
Every commercial building needs an emergency evacuation plan. These will be posted in various areas around the site for easy access to anyone who needs to review it. Building evacuation plans should take into account the easiest routes for evacuation during an emergency. This should consider the closest exits, any obstacles between the area and the exit, and the potential for a blockage when too many people try to use the route.
Employees should always be properly trained in a business’s fire evacuation plan. A fire can happen at any moment and spread out of control very quickly. Having trained staff that are able to remain calm and collected to ensure the safety of other employees, guests and customers by helping to direct traffic during an evacuation can prevent panic and loss of life.
Keep Exits Marked
All commercial buildings are legally required to have illuminated exit signage. The reason for this is to prevent anyone from getting lost within the building and to make evacuation during an emergency easier. These illuminated signs remain illuminated, even during a power outage, so anyone within the building can spot them quickly and make their way to the nearest exit.
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