Preparing Your Business for the Risk of a Fire | SERVPRO® of East San Antonio
Business owners are wise to complete an honest assessment of their risk levels to protect themselves and their investment in the business.
While this does have to do with industry and market trends, it is also wise to understand the risks you face from disasters such as fires as well. A business can be rendered inoperable by a fire in a moment, and only the most prepared business owners find themselves able to reopen.
Adding fire safety standards to your business is a simple and effective way to make sure you are protected. Considering fire safety codes, helping your staff prepare and reducing your fire hazards will go a long way in preventing and preparing for a fire.
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Being aware of the commercial fire safety codes that are applicable to your industry is the top thing to do for fire safety. Keeping up with equipment inspection schedules, keeping fire extinguishers handy and following the other applicable guidelines are the best steps that business owners can take.
Identify your specific risks. Every business must deal with different fire risks depending on its industry, so it is wise to understand exactly what risks you face. This will help you focus your fire safety efforts on the right things and be sure that you are being as efficient as possible with your preparedness.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. When a fire alarm suddenly sounds, employee panic is a common reaction among those who are not prepared. The best way to mitigate this is by hosting regular fire evacuation drills with your entire workforce. This will educate staff on how to quickly exit and where to meet up for a headcount once outside of the building, so everyone can remain calm in a real-life scenario.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Teaching staff general fire safety measures is a great addition to drills, as well. This will give everyone the opportunity to seek clarification or ask questions where needed and be sure that everyone is practicing fire safety as they complete their daily work tasks.
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.