Creating A Fire Protection Plan Within Your Business

If you are about to open your own business, one of your main priorities should be to keep your employees and your building safe from the chance of a fire. There are several steps that can be taken to minimize the chance of fire. Here are some methods of fire protection you can use in your own business to help keep fire risk low.

Protect From Fire Within The Structure

Whether you are having your building constructed or you are using an existing structure, taking the time to make sure it is up to fire code is extremely important. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires fire extinguishers be placed in certain areas of buildings. Install fire alarms to help alert employees if there is a fire in the building. Sprinklers should be added to help put out a fire before it gets out of hand.

Check each wall to make sure there is no gap between the wall and the pipes, conduit, or cables that go through to another room. Use sealant in the form of caulk, foam or mortar to fill in these voids. This helps contain a fire in one spot so it cannot jump through to another room. Check all junction boxes to make sure there are no exposed wires, and keep at least three feet of clearance in front of electrical panels in case an employee needs to cut power to your building during a fire.

Install Fire Fighting Devices

Make sure all employees are trained to use a fire extinguisher, and keep on top of expiration dates so you can purchase new ones as needed. Fire doors should remain shut at all times to help contain a fire should one break out. If the doors are propped open or used regularly as an exit, then if a fire breaks out, they might not be able to be used for the purpose they are intended. Change out the batteries in your smoke alarms every six months.

Teach Employees To Be Safe

The best way to keep employees safe within a business is to hold periodic fire drills to keep on top of the procedure in place for getting out of the building. Evacuation plans should be put into place and each employee should know exactly where to exit and meet outdoors for a headcount. Place exit information on the wall in each room so visitors will know which exit is closest to their location. 

Warn employees about the dangers in extension cord usage and avoid plugging anything into a cube tap. Both extension cords and cube taps can overload the wiring system, leading to a higher chance of an electrical fire.