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Aug 26, 2019

Office Fire Prevention Tips for Business Owners

When you own a business, you know how important it is to protect your assets. An office fire is not only harmful to your employees but can also result in property damage and equipment loss. With an abundance of electric cords, paper products and people working in close quarters, it’s important to keep fire safety top of mind during the daily grind. 
Check out some of our top fire - prevention tips for business owners below: 

Assess and prevent fire risks

  • Know the codes. One of the best ways to prevent workplace fires is by staying up to date on business fire codes. The National Fire Protection Association offers publications on fire safety standards. Re-visit the publications frequently to ensure your business is always up to code. 
  • Keep traffic ways clear. Never block stairways, doorways or exits with furniture, materials, equipment or trash. 
  • Clean up! Keep the office space neat and free of trash and clutter

Have fire protection equipment on hand 

  • Install detectors. Early fire detection can mean the difference between life and death. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the office and test them regularly. 
  • Invest in a sprinkler system. Having sprinklers is a great way to put out any fire that may start in your office. 
  • Check your fire extinguishers often. Make sure your extinguishers are always fully charged and ready for use. Schedule fire extinguisher training sessions for your employees and strongly encourage everyone to attend. 

Office fire safety tips for your employees

  • Pick a safety officer. No matter what size your business is, all offices need a fire prevention officer. This is the person who will be in charge of making sure your fire prevention efforts are up to date and will plan escape routes and meeting places for all employees. 
  • Designate smoking areas. Encourage all employees to smoke only in the designated smoking area and extinguish smoking materials safely. If possible, consider going smoke-free. 
  • Conduct fire drills. Holding fire drills is the best way to test whether or not your employees are adequately prepared should there be a fire in the office. Hold a handful of random drills each year to keep safety on the top of everyone’s mind. 
  • Leave space for appliances. Appliances give off a lot of heat. Keep the space around them clutter-free so that they have room to breathe. 
  • Keep first aid kits. Place first aid kits throughout the office and make sure your employees know what is included in them and where they are located. 
  • Replace wiring regularly. Faulty wiring is a common igniter of workplace fires. Always report electrical hazards. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized. 
  • Use chemicals safely. Always read the labels to determine a material’s flammability and store it appropriately. Whenever using harsh chemicals, be sure to do so in a well-ventilated area. 
  • Post emergency numbers. Keep emergency phone numbers as well as your company’s address around the office for quick access. 

Now that you know how to prevent fires in the office, make sure your business is protected for whatever comes your way. 

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