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4 Fire Prevention Tips for Businesses

5/21/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Plan

Considering that there are more than 75,000 commercial fires a year, according to OSHA statistics, is your Grosse Pointe, MI, business protected? Although it may not be possible to ensure a fire never breaks out, having a fire prevention plan in place may help minimize the loss and time it takes for a professional fire damage restoration to restore the business. Below are four tips to reduce the risk.

1. Determine the Risk
Since every business is different, each business will have different risk factors. Conduct a thorough inspection of the property to determine what may incite a fire. This may include inspecting equipment and appliances to ensure proper airflow and checking that outlets aren’t overloaded with extension cords.

2. Maintain Business Fire Equipment
Smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, alarms and extinguishers are essential tools for detecting and putting out small fires. A business can only count on this vital equipment to work if it is properly maintained. It is recommended to add fire safety equipment to routine maintenance.

3. Develop an Evacuation Plan
A key component of fire prevention is having an evacuation plan. The faster that people are able to get out of the building the better. Along with ensuring that exit areas are clearly marked, key roles should be defined to help ensure a smooth exit.

4. Communicate the Plan
As perfect as the plan may be, everyone on-site needs to have a clear understanding of it. This should include how the evacuation process will work, how they will be notified of a fire and who is in charge of the evacuation. Conducting regular fire drills is an easy and efficient way to ensure that everyone understands what to do during an emergency.
Although a fire may not be completely avoided, the above fire prevention tips may help minimize the risk and ensure that everyone is on the same page if an incident happens.

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