Fire Safety Tips for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Northeast Bronx
If you are a business owner, one thing you need to consider is planning and working toward preventing a fire at your business. This is one of many safety considerations regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors.
<h4causes-of-commercial-fires">Common Causes of Commercial Fires
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):
- Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
- Heating equipment, 11% of fires
- Intentional, 10% of fires
- Smoking materials, 9% of fires
- Exposure, 4% of fires
- Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires
Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.
In a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it was discovered that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.
In looking at more recent years, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.
<h4to-protect-your-business">How to Protect Your Business
Let’s take a look at some of the many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires. By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you can lessen the chances of a fire breaking out.
First, you must assess the risk of fire hazards. Fire marshals are made available in some areas by the local government. A fire marshal will help identify possible hazards and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.
You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.
Finally, we come to the most important asset to your business—your employees. By creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff, you are making sure everyone is prepared and knows what to do in the event of a fire. Conducting fire drills at least once a year will keep your fire safety protocol fresh, and you can utilize that time to review evacuation plans and first-aid kit locations.
Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Northeast Bronx is available to help make it “Like it never even happened.”