With the new year upon us, there isn’t a better time for a business to think about the things they can do better and fire safety is certainly an area that gets often overlooked and shouldn’t be. So what better time than now to take a look at what needs to happen to get your business up to code and where it should be?
Today, we’re going to review a check list of things that you should be paying attention to so that your businesses is where it needs to be with regards to its fire safety. Let’s jump right in!
Alarms are important and are often the first line of defense when it comes to fires. It’s important to make sure they’re inspected on a routine basis and in good, working order. It’s also a good time to review your plan of action should the alarm go off.
Extinguishers and suppression systems
Just like alarms, it’s important to make sure they’re inspected and tested to make sure they both work and have the right pressure when they get activated. Additionally, make sure your extinguishers are full and operational – as well as making sure they’re located in places where they’re both needed most and accessible.
While I plan tells people where to go and alarms tell them what to do, lighting helps them know where to go. As always, get these inspected and tested, but also make sure people are familiar with where lighting is available and where employees need to go in order to use it.
Aid kits and cabinets should be not only available to your employees, but readily accessible as well. Make sure they’re fully stocked and have a plan to make sure they’re regularly getting restocked, especially if your workplace has genuine hazards associated with it. First aid can sometimes mean the difference between routine injury and catastrophe.
Businesses should plan on taking at least one day a year to review not only fire safety, but to be trained in how the building’s fire suppression system works and how and when to use extinguishers and other equipment. It’s also a great time to make sure that your preparedness plan is updated and engrained in your employees day to day. Doing so can make all the difference.
Making sure your fire safety prevention is in place and up to date might seem like a daunting task, but if you have routine inspections and maintenance done, all of this can be accomplished seamlessly. If you have any questions or would like a free consultation on what you can do, give us a call today!