Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business
You work hard at what you do and you have put many hours into your business, not to mention finances. You will want to protect it from any type of disaster, such as flooding or fires. Any wise business owner knows that it’s a good idea to be prepared for any possible accident, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances, and with that in mind we would like to share some tips that will help you prepare your business for what could happen in the event of fire damage:
Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your building or suite are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly, in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Fire extinguishers should be stored no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access and mounted in an obvious spot. Have your extinguishers, sprinkler system, and fire alarm system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by licensed fire prevention professionals.
Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated constantly with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in good working order at all times, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside need to be kept clear of debris and plant material. This reduces the risk of fire outside exits and alleviates possible injuries from those using the exits. Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways, and not stored in the path of exits.
Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required. This allows smoke to collect in areas above and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. These instructions have been put in place by area fire personnel, and if not followed, can result in fines.
Electrical outlets should have the appropriate number of items plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker; overloaded outlets can catch fire. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood and grease traps are cleaned regularly to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is experienced in restoration projects after fires both large and small, as well as assisting with what may be needed in the event of flooding or a mold invasion. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how! This franchise is individually owned and operated.