Do you know how fire-safe your business is? Having taken every possible precaution to prevent a fire from bursting out, do you feel confident that your business is prepared to deal with it efficiently and safely, should the worst happen?
An awkward oversight involves not only failing to prevent fire risk but also failing to manage it. It’s your legal responsibility as a business owner to ensure the safety of your employees, customers, and neighbours.
By following the below advice, you’ll be able to protect your business from fire.
Keep an eye out for fire hazards on a regular basis:
- Make sure cords are plugged firmly into the outlets and check for breaks and frays.
- It’s also a bad idea to link surge protectors and power strips together.
- The material shouldn’t be stored in front of a fire extinguisher or emergency exit.
- Avoid placing flammable materials near heat sources, including aerosols, chemicals, and paper products.
- Ensure that fats, sugar, sauces, and other substances aren’t spilt on appliances.
When you smell burning, see smoke, see flickering lights, or see sparks, always turn off tools and appliances immediately.
Install Fire extinguishers.
Fire extinguishers are essential for fire protection, and they must be of the right type for the workplace:
- Forest fires, paper fires, and textile fires fall into the Class A categories.
- flammable liquids are included in class B fires.
- Fires involving electrical equipment are classified as Class C fires.
- Powders and shavings of metal make up Class D fires.
- In commercial and restaurant kitchens, it is mandatory to have fire extinguishers of Class K.
Extinguishers must be used properly by your employees. There are many times in an emergency when important steps are forgotten such as pulling the pin before pressing the handle.
Be aware of your risks.
The risks associated with different types of fires will vary among small businesses in different industries. Chemical fires are more likely to occur in a manufacturing facility that handles combustible materials, and grease and kitchen fires are more likely to occur in a restaurant.
You can use a fire risk assessment to determine what fires your business is most vulnerable to and take measures to prevent them. Identify and remove any fire hazards in the workplace during your fire inspection.
Review your local and national fire codes during your inspection. You should take steps to reduce the severity of any threats that cannot be removed entirely. Document the findings of your assessment.
Update your emergency preparedness plan after any fire assessments. Be sure to teach your team the assigned meeting spots and exit routes. A safety officer should be appointed for the office and everyone should know what their responsibilities are.
Set up a fire protection system.
Structure fires can be mitigated in part by sprinklers and alert systems. You should take precautionary measures to protect your home or business, but an alarm system serves as a safety net for catching fires as they start. Therefore, quality fire alarms are important investments.
Fire alarms and sprinklers are both essential elements of a complete fire protection system. The requirement for fire alarms in retail centres, shopping malls and office buildings is universal.
Based on the building and industry codes, the specific number and where you need them will be determined. A modern system provides many exclusive benefits providing peace of mind and higher levels of security.