3 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Fire
Three Ways To Prevent A Business Fire
A business fire can be devastating in many ways including physically, financially, and emotionally. As a Santa Ana, CA, business owner, or manager, you’d like to think that fire damage is something you will never have to deal with. Unfortunately, fires are fairly common and it’s best to prepare for them rather than hope they just won’t happen. Here are three ways to prepare your company for a fire.
1. Fire Safety Plan and Drills
One of the best things you can do is make a fire safety plan. Most managers don’t have the time to be fully committed to safety; therefore, it’s wise to designate a fire safety team. This team should be in charge of creating a fire safety plan, understanding rules and regulations, training employees, and regularly conducting fire drills. Employees should know the escape route on each floor of the building. The fire safety team should also have contact with a fire restoration company should the need arise.
2. Fire Extinguisher Storage and Training
Fire preparation should include extensive training on fire extinguishers. Here are a few points to remember:
Fire extinguishers should be current (i.e., less than one-year-old)
Fire extinguishers should be easy to get to and mounted at a reasonable height
Employees should know the location of all fire extinguishers on site
A fire extinguisher should be placed within 75 feet of a hazardous area (e.g., kitchen)
Employees should be trained to properly use a fire extinguisher
3. Hazardous Materials Storage
A business fire can also be prevented by properly storing hazardous materials, flammable liquids, gas cylinders, propane, and combustibles. Material Safety Data sheets should also be available in the building. These sheets provide health and safety statistics for hazardous products. All employees should know where dangerous products are stored and how to keep themselves and others safe while using and disposing of them.
There are several ways to prevent a business fire. You can keep your business safe by establishing a fire safety team and following these tips to keep your employees and building safe from fire damage.