Fires Can Happen In Your Commercial Property
An office or store fire can be devastating, not only to the owners but to the community as well. People could lose their jobs and the community could lose a vital service, but more importantly, people could lose their lives and property could be lost.
Some businesses will have a hard time recovering after being shut down for several months due to the pandemic. The loss from a fire will make it that much tougher to recover. Every year there are 17,000 office and store fires in the U.S., causing over $800 Million in property damage. Add to that the monetary loss caused by the pandemic and many businesses will never reopen.
However, there are important fire safety practices that employers and employees should follow to prevent workplace fires, keep them all safe and keep their businesses open.
- Check for damaged or overloaded electrical outlets, cords or cables.
- Never leave portable heating devices unattended.
- Keep workplace and equipment clean, dry and well ventilated.
- Plan and practice multiple escape routes.
- Ensure windows can be opened and screens can be removed.
- Make sure smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are installed properly and working.
- Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
- Conduct regular Emergency Drills.
If there is a fire...
- Call 911
- Notify co-workers of the fire
- Walk, don't run! Use the stairs and never the elevator.