The number one thing you can do as a business owner to prevent fire accidents in the office is to always be prepared. Aside from having an emergency plan, it’s also important to make sure that your office is free from fire hazards and employees are also doing their part to maintain a fireproof office.
Here are some things you can do to fireproof your office:
Always make smart choices when dealing with appliances and electrical outlets. As you may know, overloaded outlets are accidents waiting to happen. Be responsible and make sure you (or anyone in the office) are not plugging too many things into one outlet.
Though some power strips allow multiple plugs to be used on one outlet, each outlet has limits on what they can handle.
It’s easy to forget unplugging hot kitchen appliances like coffee pots and hot plates, especially in a fast paced busy environment. If left for a very long time, these appliances can cause a fire.
Prevent it to happen by creating a “closing up” policy procedure. By doing so, everyone will be forced to follow and safety will become a habit.
Don’t have a smoke alarm in your office? Then, it’s time to get one. Smoke alarms are life savers. These are among the most affordable preventive devices that you can easily use and install in your office. Smoke alarms require little to no maintenance.
Office renovations, holiday decorations, and other alterations can make your fire escape plan ineffective. Make sure you review your plan every year. Also, don’t forget to clear out any obstructions on your windows and fire exit doors.
Install fire sprinklers at your building’s key locations. By doing so, the sprinklers will take care of the flame before it becomes larger when a fire breaks out. In fact, firefighters all over the world swear by the effectiveness of these sprinklers.
If you did everything you can and still not feeling safe and secured, seek out for professional help. Hire a fire inspector to look over your office. He or she will then assess the danger areas and will work with you to get rid of potential dangers.