5 Pieces of Fire Safety Equipment Every Business Should Have
There are more than 3,000 fires in office buildings each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. You don’t want your property to be one of them.
So, you’re investing in fire safety equipment to keep your commercial building safe â€” and, more importantly, its tenants, too. Here are five must-have fire prevention and protection resources for your business.
1. Fire Alarm
It should go without saying that your business should have a fire alarm. So, if your building somehow doesn’t have one, install one ASAP.
Once you have a fire alarm in place, be sure to maintain it well, too. Check it once a month to ensure its batteries haven’t died.
And, if you really want your property protected, invest in a fire alarm that calls local authorities when it is triggered. That way, even if you’re not in the office, your local firefighters will be notified of a blaze â€” and arrive in time to save your property.
2. Fire Extinguishers
On that note, you probably know that your business should have a fire extinguisher. There may be legal stipulations as to how many your space needs to have, too.
If not, make sure you have one at least in the kitchen, where lunchtime food prep can cause small flames to break out. Depending on the type of business you run, you might need more fire extinguishers than that throughout the office.
3. Fire Blanket
Again, it’s always handy to have fire blankets around, too, in the same places where you’d keep a fire extinguisher. Toss the sheet over a small fire and it will stifle the flames.
4. Emergency Lighting
What will happen in case of a fire? How will your staff be able to find their way out? You may not know this, but fires often cause building electricity to switch off, which could leave people navigating the place in the dark.
Make sure your space has ample emergency lighting. These bulbs will lead the way to safety, regardless of whether the power has stayed on or not.
5. First Aid Kit
You have all of this equipment around the office, but you don’t have any materials to take care of those who step up and put out a small on-site blaze. So, invest in a solid first aid kit for your office to treat any small burns and scrapes â€” that is, until your staff can make it to the doctor.
Even without the threat of fire looming, you should have first aid supplies on hand. So, bulk up your kit now to help your staffers make it safely through a normal day or a not-so-normal one.
Invest in Fire Safety Equipment
Don’t wait until it’s too late â€” bulk up your building’s stash of fire safety equipment to keep your business safe in case of a fire. Even if there is never a blaze, you’ll have peace of mind that everyone’s safe no matter what. And there’s no better feeling than that.Â
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