Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The 3 Easiest Ways to Avoid Commercial Fires

Bison Fires 3 easiest ways to avoid commercial fires

When business owners take preventative steps to protect their commercial property from a fire, often we think of the basics: properly-functioning smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire suppression sprinklers.

What’s missing from this list? If you answered “employees” then you’re correct! This is because your employees may accidentally start a fire while at work, and without proper training they may not know what they could have prevented it.

With that in mind, here are the top three things you and your employees can to do minimize the risk of a fire in your commercial building:

Resolve Electrical Issues

Problems with wall outlets, plugs, wiring, and electrical equipment can all be the source of a fire if not fixed in a timely manner.

For example, if one of your wall outlets has a socket that looks burnt or charred, call an electrician as soon as possible and make sure that none of your staff use the outlet until it has been repaired by a qualified professional.

Similarly, many commercial fires start from overloaded extension cords and electronics that haven’t been powered down when not in use. This is especially commonplace in office settings, where staff may cram multiple extension cords together in order to make sure their desktop PCs, laptops, phone chargers, tablet chargers, printers, etc. are always plugged in.

Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Cluttered and messy spaces can be anxiety-inducing in many of us, but leaving files, folders, papers, and other flammable items lying around can be one of the biggest fire hazards facing your business.

These items pose a significant risk because - of course - paper is highly flammable, and a single spark from an outlet or extension cord, can cause a fire to erupt on a desk or in an area where papers have been allowed to pile up.

Not only does this pose a danger of fires starting in your business, but should a fire start these flammable papers could wind up impeding your staff from being able leave the building and safely evacuate during an emergency.

Not Paying Attention

The larger the business, the higher the likelihood that someone will make a mistake that can lead to an emergency situation. This isn’t cause for blame; after all, we all make mistakes from time to time, but employees need to know what’s at stake, and what is expected of them, in the event of a fire-related emergency.

For example, in order to avoid leaving the stove on in the break room, or to avoid something burning in the microwave, encourage staff to visit the break room in pairs or groups so there is always someone in the room to keep an eye on things.

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 9:30 AM


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