If you recently almost had a fire scare in your building, and you realized that your staff isn't properly trained to manage a crisis like a fire, it's time to get some help. You want to make sure that the staff has all the tools they need and training if it's necessary. Here are some of the things to do to make your commercial property prepared for a fire during the workday or even after hours.
Fire Safety Courses
Have a fire safety team in your area, or professional firefighters, come in and teach some basic fire safety to your staff. They can train the staff on how to use the fire extinguishers and what to do when there is a fire, and they can also help you plan the best evacuation route. Being prepared and knowing how to react when there is a fire in your workplace can save lives.
Fire Extinguisher Equipment
Be sure that you have the proper number of fire extinguishers for the size of your building and additional equipment in areas where fires are the most likely to occur. If you have stations that are at the highest risk for a fire, then additional equipment in those areas could prevent a small fire from turning into a huge problem.
Be sure that the extinguishers are easy to get to but stored in a safe place. You also want to check to make sure you have the right classification of extinguisher.
Overhead Sprinkler System
Installing an overhead piping system to release water in the event of a fire is expensive, but it's a worthwhile investment. Get an estimate to have this completed. Talk with your property insurance provider to see what rate reductions or discounts you can get because of this safety addition added to the building. This should also improve the value of the business.
There is a lot of responsibility that comes with running a business and owning a commercial property that has people in and out all day long. Be sure that you are doing what is needed to protect everyone and also protect your property.
The fire department can come and do an inspection of your property to make sure that everything is up to code and that all of the areas are safe and to ensure that you have all the necessary equipment needed to stop a fire when it starts.
Contact a professional for more information about fire extinguisher systems.