Thursday, January 10, 2019

How to Keep Your IT Department Safe From Fire

A fire in a data center or in your company’s IT department has the potential to be devastating for your business. Not only do fires run the risk of injury and loss of life, but a data center fire may destroy all your data and equipment… and take your company with it.

Even the downtime and the loss of productivity caused by a fire could cost you thousands of dollars, which is why it’s critical to take the necessary steps to keep your IT computer room safe from a fire.

Computer Room Fire Safety Tips

Protecting your business’ investment in electrical hardware isn’t that hard; you just need to follow these key steps:

Keep the Room Organized

Never store combustible materials in your computer room and always make sure to keep the space free from clutter. If dust is allowed to accumulate near your electronic equipment it causes heat which can lead to a fire-starting spark.

Another important reason to keep these spaces clear and clutter-free is that your staff will be able to quickly evacuate in the event that a fire does break out.

Keep All Power Cords in Good Condition

One of the leading causes of fires in data centers and computer rooms is old, frayed wiring. Make sure to regularly inspect and replace any cables that that look frayed or damaged.

Another important tip is to avoid overloading your extension cords with multiple cables. Not only can overloaded extension cords have the potential to blow a fuse, but overloaded cords are a major risk of sparks.

Clean Your Computers

When was the last time you took your PCs apart and thoroughly cleaned them, both inside and out? If you can’t remember, then now’s the time!

Dust is extremely flammable, and can burn your building down if you don’t clean it regularly. With this in mind, make sure to keep the room clean from dust and debris.

Have and Emergency Plan

It’s critical to ensure that you’re prepared in case the worst happens. Make sure your employees know how to escape from the room safely in the event of a fire, and ensure that all key staff are trained to use a fire extinguisher.

Schedule Fire Protection System Inspections 

Your safety precautions are only effective if they will actually work in the event of an emergency. Call Bison Fire Protection to inspect your fire safety systems and we’ll make sure that they’ll keep you safe and compliant with local fire codes.

Fire Suppression Systems for IT Rooms and Data Centers

No data center of computer room is complete without a properly-functioning fire suppression system to take out a fire if one does occur. For the most up-to-date information on the best systems for your organization, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection today.

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your investment from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

 

Posted by Rob Read at 10:33 AM

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