A Quick Guide to Fire Preparedness for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central
Business owners are in charge of a variety of things to keep their business operational, but one important thing that is often forgotten is making a fire preparedness plan. A fire can have a serious impact on a business, but those which are prepared often have a much easier time recovering and reopening their business’ doors.
When it comes to putting preparedness plans in place, the time required is relatively small and is well worth the investment. Understanding commercial fire codes, your own specific risks and how to keep yourself safe are a great start to fire safety for your business.
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Checking the commercial fire safety codes by the National Fire Protection Association are a great way to kick off your fire preparedness efforts. Making sure you are following their guidelines, checking your equipment on schedule and keeping your fire exits clear are the first steps to a sound fire safety plan.
Identify your specific risks. There are seemingly countless reasons a fire could start in a business, but knowing where your weaknesses lie is an essential part of planning ahead. Think of things specific to your business that may put you at higher fire risk, such as equipment or chemicals that are kept on-site. Identifying these things ahead of time allows you to be extra vigilant for the future.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. If you employ workers on location at your business, getting them involved in the fire preparedness plans is essential to keeping everyone safe. Draft several evacuation routes that employees can use, and be sure to rehearse it regularly so everyone knows exactly what to do in an emergency.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Creating workplace-specific fire safety guidelines to review with your employees will make sure that everyone remembers fire safety tips as they go about their daily tasks. Be sure everyone knows how to locate the fire extinguishers, when to pull the fire alarm and any other relevant tips that might come in handy during a fire.
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