Fire Safety Essentials for Your Piscataway Business
Fire is a dangerous risk for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Whether your business is about making plumbing fixtures at American Standard or making crab meltaways at Buzzy’s, your risk of fire at the workplace remains essentially the same.
Every year in the United States there are 17,000 business fires that cause $800 million in direct property damage alone, not to mention the devastation of communities and families that comes with the loss or temporary shutdown of a local service provider due to fire.
So what can you do to give your business the best chance of preventing or surviving a fire? Let’s cover the basics.
Prepare for emergencies. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention; it’s true. Preparation and routine inspection are key for preventing fire emergencies. Whether it’s outfitting your business with smoke detectors and sprinklers, posting safety tips and reminders, or regularly inspecting and replacing appliance wiring, every bit of time and effort you invest in fire safety will pay off if it keeps fires from starting.
Empower employees. Encourage your teams to stay alert regarding fire safety. When they take initiative in noticing potential issues or weak spots in your fire plan or prevention strategy, acknowledge and reward their vigilance. Make fire prevention a partnership, not a mandate, and you’ll have a more effective team willing to make it a priority.
Provide training. Safety briefings aren’t the most glamorous thing to budget time and resources for, but in the end they equip your teams and employees with knowledge and reinforcement that can be crucial in a moment of emergency. Make sure your team members know company policies and protocols for fire prevention, reinforce emergency procedures like exit routes and action plans, and cover essentials like making sure employees know how to use a fire extinguisher. You may also choose to designate individuals as safety captains or create fire inspection teams.
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