Fire is a major threat to businesses in all industries and an area that needs careful consideration because fire can cause significant damage but it can also cost lives. There are a few important steps that every business owner needs to take to fireproof the office which will help to keep the business, property and staff safe and provide important peace of mind for all.
1. Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are a legal requirement and an important step to take to fireproof your office because they are often what alerts people to fire/smoke. Make sure that these are installed throughout the office and that they are tested on a regular basis.
2. Fire Escape Routes
It is also important that there are designated fire escape routes from every point of the office so that people know how to react in case of fire. This also means that you need to keep walkways, staircases and windows clear so that everyone will be able to quickly and safely escape the building.
3. Smoke Vents
Smoke vents are an effective safety precaution to take because they can keep rooms and staircases free from smoke which can allow for people to escape the building without smoke inhalation. These are designed to open out in the event of a fire so that the smoke will leave the area and allow people to easily and safely leave the area.
4. Fire Extinguishers
Having fire extinguishers available throughout the office (and in any potentially dangerous areas like the kitchen) is essential, but you and your team must also be trained in how to use a fire extinguisher and what type should be used for different types of fire. Additionally, you need to make sure that these extinguishers have not expired by checking the expiration date and buying replacements if needed.
5. Fire Drills
It is important to have all the right equipment and procedures in place, but this is no good if people do not know what they should do and where they should go in case of fire. This is why fire drills are so important so that people immediately know how to respond when they hear the alarm. It is recommended that you have two fire drills each year and always educate any new staff members on the procedure when they start.
These essential steps will help to fireproof your office and allow you to protect your business, office and staff. Fire is a huge threat to businesses regardless of industry and an area that should always be taken seriously.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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