A fire safety plan involves more than just having a fire extinguisher and an alarm; it encompasses a variety of equipment and preparations and can save lives in your business. From being aware of hazards to installing the right equipment in the right places, here’s why you need to not only create, but regularly review a fire safety plan. Important components include:
Alarms and Sprinklers
Sophisticated fire alarms that detect smoke and fire and ensure that everyone on the premises is alerted to danger. To properly protect your business, staff and customers, you need to have working alarms mounted in every room and test them regularly. Audio alerts are just the start; an alarm with strobe lights and heat detectors may be needed to properly protect your location.
Sprinklers can help protect everyone inside your facility and need to not only be positioned properly, but need to be regularly tested and maintained to ensure they will protect you if you need them.
Extinguishers only help if they are the right type for the job and available when a fire is small enough to be extinguished by a blast of chemicals. Your fire code likely specifies how many and what kind of extinguishers you need to have on hand; just like your other systems, these portable fire fighters need to be maintained regularly.
By making your team aware of not only the hazards that could cause a fire but what to do if they see a fire, if the alarm goes off or if you need to evacuate, you can improve overall safety and save lives. Fire drills aren’t just for schools; you need to conduct them regularly to ensure that everyone knows what to do.
The right fire protection plan will give you peace of mind about the safety and security of your business and ensure that you are fully compliant with all safety regulations. By committing to setting up, practicing and maintaining a fire safety plan, you can be sure that your team and your customers will be safe in the event of an emergency.