Just like residential spaces, your place of business matters just as much when it comes to establishing fire safety. As we all know by now, fire is destructive and can put yourself, your neighbors, and your belongings at high risk. The importance of fireproofing your place is, without a doubt, one thing to keep in mind at all times.
As an advocate of fire protection, we have listed down some of the main key steps when it comes to preparing your business for fire protection.
Have a fire evacuation escape plan
Areas that make a good emergency exit are already being identified by architects and engineers at the beginning of the construction of the site. It takes crafting a good strategy to be able to execute a feasible fire escape plan. Offices and buildings have a fire evacuation plan installed in their vicinity in case of an emergency. In fact, this is actually a requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for every business operating in the area. This requires careful and thorough planning by knowing the ins and outs of your building and must adhere to the OSHA guidelines and best practices.
Maintain and upgrade your fire equipment if needed
Part of having a fire emergency evacuation plan is having fire equipment installed in the vicinity. These come in the form of fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and detectors to name a few. Make sure that they are all up to date and functional. Anything that is faulty or non-functional should be replaced immediately. A regular and timely fire inspection also comes in a high recommendation as this is when you will be able to instantly check if all your equipment is in the right order and functioning accordingly.
Proper training is required when it comes to handling fire equipment, so make sure that your team members know how to operate one in case an emergency breaks out.
Conduct regular fire drills and train building occupants
As part of the OSHA guidelines and your established fire evacuation escape plan, you should include conducting regular fire drills and training among occupants and team members. The thing about fire incidents is that they happen unexpectedly. Conducting a fire drill will help the occupants become familiar with what to do should there be an actual fire. Over time, this will help occupants move faster and determine where evacuation sites are. Likewise, this will help fire wardens determine what may need improvement on the current evacuation plan. It is highly encouraged for these drills to be taken seriously and with much urgency. An unexpected fire drill is recommended to be done once in a while, as it is believed to catch your staff off-guard, and from there you will be able to gauge their readiness and what may need improvement.
Practice proper disposal of hazardous and flammable materials
Depending on the nature of business, some offices tend to have hazardous and flammable materials around, and if not disposed of or handled properly, this may just be the spark of a big fire. It is important that such materials are disposed of properly. This means having a designated trash bin for such materials. Make sure that any flammable and hazardous materials are stored properly, away from direct sunlight and high temperature.
Protect your establishment from fire with Fire Alarm Testing Inc. in San Francisco
Unless you’re talking about love or romance, you really wouldn’t want to keep the flame alive in any way. When it comes to fire management, it’s best to leave it to the hands of the expert, just like us here at Fire Alarm Testing Inc. Located in the Bay Area, we are well-known for our reputation in conducting fire inspections and being well-equipped with the latest technology that will enable us to prevent any fire incident from spiraling out of control. We also have skilled and well-trained technicians that will assist and guide you during fire inspections in your building.
As firefighters who wish nothing else but to keep the community safe for everyone, we take pride in our high-quality services such as our Fire Inspections and Fire Alarm Monitoring. Together, we will help make sure your fire alarm systems are up to date and functioning. We understand the importance of this not only in residential spaces but also in commercialized areas, particularly businesses. This will protect both you, your employees, and your entire business in general.
Should you be interested to know more about our offerings and services, feel free to connect with us at +1 (831) 247-9642.