SERVPRO can help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage
Fire Prevention for the Workplace
As a small business owner, it is always beneficial to know ways to prevent fires in the workplace. Having an Emergency Plan in place will help you create a safer work environment for everyone that comes into your building. Having fire prevention methods in place can help your building combat a fire before it ever begins.
These tips can help to save lives and should also raise awareness about fire safety and fire protection for your employees and customers. We advise you to educate your building occupants, or employees, to abide by these safety regulations to keep your business running safely.
- Easily Accessible Equipment. Be sure to have fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers, and control panels stored in a place that is easy to access. Don’t block fire sprinklers or alarms with anything, as this would prevent functionality of your equipment.
- Safe Storage. If harsh chemicals or flammable materials are present in your building, be sure to keep them stored in a safe place. Hazardous materials need to be in a dry, secure room that has good ventilation. It is also important to keep fire protection equipment near your storage area as well.
- Dispose of Waste Properly. Dispose of any hazardous waste in a metal container that has a lid, and make sure this container is properly labeled so there is no mistake in its contents or purpose. This will help to prevent fire hazards.
- Maintain a Clean Environment. Be sure to keep maintenance services for all your fire equipment. Servicing your equipment keeps everything up to code, and ensures any machines are properly maintained which prevents overheating and damage.
- Precautionary Measures. Performing quarterly fire safety demonstrations can go a long way when it comes to building safety. Make sure to inform responsible parties how to react in case of emergency, how to use a fire extinguisher and any evacuation measures.
- Keep a Clean Environment. When there is a ton of flammable clutter, such as paper or boxes, fires can spread at a more rapid rate. Clutter can also prevent faster evacuation practices. Keeping your building tidy, clean and clutter free will limit the danger of unnecessary fire hazards.
- Designating Smoking Areas. Keep a designated smoker's area that is located a safe distance away from your building. Be sure to provide ashtrays, or safe alternatives for people to properly dispose of their cigarettes. This will keep your building safe from fires caused accidentally by lit cigarettes.
- Have an Emergency Plan in Place. Emergency evacuation plans are important to prevent further damage in the state of a fire. It’s important that your employees know who to call for help, what to do, and what the next steps should be.
In the state of an emergency, SERVPRO® is here to make it "Like it never even happened." If a fire occurs, give our team a call at 706-843-1990, we’re always Here to Help® 24/7/365.