Lowering Your Fire Risk as a Business Owner | SERVPRO® of Rapid City
It is crucial that business owners be honest with themselves about the risks their livelihood faces, including emergency situations. Commercial fires are one of the most common emergencies that business owners will face and they can be extremely devastating, especially for those who are not prepared. By understanding your risk profile and knowing how your efforts can reduce the dangers you face, you can help protect your business and staff.
For an easy way to reference fire safety tips, we have compiled a list of the top tips for fire safety from a business owner’s perspective. By reviewing this list and implementing the recommendations, you can do wonders for your fire safety efforts.
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Being aware of fire safety guidelines for businesses is always the first thing to do when assessing your preparedness levels. The National Fire Protection Association puts together information regarding equipment inspection, exit routes and other must-know information for businesses to take note of.
Identify your specific risks. No two businesses carry the same fire safety risks because of the different hazards that can be present. Understanding your specific situational risks, such as equipment or supplies that might make a fire more likely to occur, can help you take precautions based on your unique situation.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Preparing your employees for a fire is the ideal way to make sure everyone stays calm and safe when the alarm sounds. Hosting regular office evacuation drills and debriefing with everyone as a group afterward can help staff feel more assured in their own preparedness levels and limit your liability.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Helping your staff review the general fire safety guidelines of your building is a great supplement to regular fire drills. The location of fire alarms and extinguishers, as well as any special protocols, is useful knowledge that can help everyone who works in the building feel more prepared.
If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 24⁄7 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.