Business Fire Prevention
Perhaps you are a business owner reading this and would agree that businesses are a representation of sacrifice and hard work. Often a business is the passion of the owner, and it is most unfortunate when all of that passion, all of that hard work, is affected by a fire. The NFPA estimates an average of 3,340 office fires a year. Although not every fire is preventable, there are steps to take to help reduce the risk of a business fire.
Have a sprinkler system
Make sure your building has a proper and working sprinkler system. The quicker a fire can be suppressed, the less damage it will cause, and a sprinkler system is one of the easiest ways to ensure that will happen. In fact, fire death was reported 87% lower in properties with a sprinkler system. Be sure to regularly check and test your sprinkler system. Check out Koorsen Fire & Security for a great resource to help in checking your sprinklers.
With so many people working in one space, the use of extension cords is almost inevitable. Although extension cord use is common, it can become dangerous if used outside if it’s specification. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while using an extension cord
- Avoid the use of multiple items with one cord
- Do not run an extension cord under carpet or a rug
- Do not plug multiple cords together
Extension cords are meant for temporary use. If you need an extended power source, be sure to use one that is industrial grade and grounded. Check out State Farm for more extension cord safety.
When heating sources are used more often, it may be a good idea to rearrange your office! Make sure materials are away from heating units or ductwork. That will help to prevent what is statistically the leading cause of building fires. Keep all fabric, supplies, and other flammable materials at least 3 feet away from any heating sources.
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