Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fire Planning and Prevention For Busy Business Owners

Bison's Fire Planning and Prevention Tips

Being a business owner means that your employees rely on you to keep them safe. Not only does ensuring your employees safety save lives, but it can also mitigate the risk of damage, litigation, and more. As a result, ensuring that the proper fire protection systems and processes are in place is critical for any responsible business owner.

What can you do to prevent the damage, complications, and financial challenges posed by an unexpected fire? Keep reading to find out:

Start With a Solid Fire Plan

Having a proper fire escape plan is the best way responsible business owners can keep their employees and investments safe in the event of a fire. Not only can a planned, rehearsed fire escape plan reduce the risk of injury in an emergency, but it can also help avoid confusion during critical times, reducing the likelihood of damage and loss of life in the event of a fire.

What you can do: make sure that everyone in your office knows the proper evacuation procedures in the event of a fire. Put up escape routes on signs around your office and run fire drills regularly in order to ensure that everyone knows where to go.

Additionally, taking the time to adequately train employees on how to use the fire extinguishers located throughout the building can mean the difference between a small fire and a full-blown emergency which can damage your business and put your employees and staff at risk.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

One of the biggest mistakes any business owner can make is neglecting to adequately rehearse their fire escape plan. Not only does this put your employees at risk, but it also reduces the likelihood that a member of your staff will have the mental clarity to properly use a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.

Often, business owners will experience pushback from staff who see these exercises as a waste of time and productivity, but it’s critical to be firm and insist that proper training, practice, and awareness are routine business within your organization.

Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Offices are among the highest-risk areas of small fires escalating quickly due to the unusually large amount of files and papers which are often located on the premises. Of course, many modern businesses are currently transferring to a “paperless” or “paper-free” office and digitizing much of their documentation and processes, but it’s unlikely that even the most forward-thinking office will be rid of paper entirely.

With this in mind, investing in an adequate fire suppression system which includes regularly tested, fully-functioning smoke alarms and sprinkler systems can go a long way towards providing both you and your employees with the peace of mind you need in order to feel safe, productive, and happy in your place of business.

Enlist the Experts

For more information about how you can protect your business from the threat of unexpected fires, contact your local experts at Bison Fire Protection. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:32 PM

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