While no one wants to imagine a fire damaging everything, it’s important to learn how to prevent and be prepared for fires in a home or business. The first thing to consider is how to prevent them. Fire prevention can mean different things for different businesses. For example, you should ensure that housekeeping products be in a safe and secure place. Machinery should be properly maintained to prevent friction sparks and overheating. All electrical devices should frequently be checked for hazardous problem and chemicals should be stored appropriately.
Even with all the preventative measures you’ve taken, a fire could still occur. It’s important that you and employees know what to do when it happens, which can reduce the risk of damage and injury.
For example, smaller fires can usually be put out with a fire extinguisher. If the fire gets out of control, it may be helpful to close the door, which can slow the spread of fire, heat or smoke.
Smoke alarms should be installed, as well as sprinkler systems to reduce the risk of injury, death and destruction of the building.
You should also have a fire alarm system to warn others that there is a potential fire and to vacate the building immediately.
Fire Escape Plan
The next thing you need to do is have an escape plan in place to tell others where to go and how to get there. For example, you shouldn’t use elevators during a fire. Instead, you should use the stairs. If you have multiple floors and stairwells, they should know where the emergency exits are, where the stairwells are and how to proceed.
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