Fire Safety in the Workplace | SERVPRO® of Downtown Charleston
A fire at your business is never something you can predict, but you can properly be prepared for one. On top of having insurance, there are preventive measures you can take to ensure a fire doesn’t take your business down with it.
A fire can be a significant setback and pose a serious threat to lives for your employees. Fire prevention and safety should be emphasized and promoted in the workplace.
Read on to learn the two most important elements for preparing everyone in the workplace be prepared in case of a fire.
EDUCATION. The best way to prepare your employees for a fire emergency is through education. The evacuation plan should be prominently visible and known by everyone.
You can provide fire safety workshops as well. Fire safety workshops once a year are an easy way to educate every current employee on the plan. One idea for these workshops would be to arrange for a local fire marshal to visit your workplace and conduct an educational session for all employees.
These workshops can also serve as a training session for first-aid and fire extinguisher practice. At the end of the workshop, everyone will be aware of your fire-escape plan and will know where to find it prominently visible in the facility so that when the emergency occurs, there is no confusion.
EQUIPMENT. Having safety equipment available is essential to any safety prevention plan. Almost every fire code that you will ever encounter will mandate that your company have at least one fire extinguisher, and it’s never a bad idea to have extra fire extinguishers available, since they are able to swiftly extinguish tiny flames and protect important equipment from harm.
Most regulations will also require you to install a sprinkler system and smoke alarms. Make a habit of testing the batteries in your smoke detectors on a regular basis, since they may serve as your first warning of danger.
Particle detectors capable of alerting you to the presence of other chemicals or hazards may be an important purchase as well. Finally, keeping a first-aid kit in a well-known place, such as the kitchen, may help treat any injuries sustained in a minor fire.
Because fires are unpredictable and may result in significant damage, being prepared to prevent or extinguish one can save lives and costly damages to your business. It’s important to contact local fire safety experts to educate you and workers on exactly what your facility can do to best be prepared for a fire emergency.
If you sustain damage from a fire at your workplace, call our highly trained experts in green at SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston. We are available whenever your emergency occurs, so don’t wait to get our expert care and support.