More than 3,300 fires occur in office buildings every year in the United States and that’s just the start of the man business fires throughout the country. About 22% of those fires happen in the kitchen and the most common time for an office fire to start is between 12pm and 2pm (lunchtime).
Your business is your livelihood and the livelihood of your employees.
It’s important to provide the proper level of protection, whether you run a business with a warehouse or you run a restaurant or any other type of business. Call 973.335.3931 for security advice.
Being prepared for a fire means having the right fire extinguishers in the right place. It also means knowing how to get everybody out safely, if a fire does occur. Even with the best plan, you’re not providing full protection for your business and your employees.
Adding the NOTIFIER ONYX series intelligent fire alarm system will provide the best choice for keeping your business and employees protected.
This fire alarm system is one of the top choices on the market for reliability and detection technology. When the NOTIFIER fire alarm goes off, the authorities will be on their way quickly giving you a better chance of saving your business and your employees.
Along with the NOTIFIER fire alarm system, there are several other ways you can help protect your business in the event of a fire.
10 Top Ways to Keep Your New Jersey Business Protected From a Fire
Whether you run a small New Jersey business or a large corporation, protecting your business in the event of a fire must be done. You need the best possible plan to ensure you don’t have to worry when it comes to your employees and your business if a fire does break out. Here are ten of the best ways to make sure your business is well protected in the event of a fire. Call 973.335.3931 if you need additional details on security options.
1. Well-Placed Fire Extinguishers
Your extinguishers should be easy to access and found in key places throughout your business. There should always be one in the kitchen and near anything else that requires heat or fire to work. Along with placing your fire extinguishers in the right places, you should make sure they are regularly inspected.
2. Create an Evacuation Plan
A good evacuation plan will help to ensure your employees have a better chance of getting out if a fire does happen. Your employees are your most important asset and they need a safe way to get out of the building in the event of a fire.
3. Do Fire Drills
An evacuation plan only works if your employees know where to go and what to do during a fire. Regular fire drills will help to ensure everybody knows what to do if a fire happens. It’s always best to stay calm during a fire and regular drills will help to ensure everybody remains calm and moves towards safety.
4. Light the Path
You never know when a fire is going to happen. If a fire happens and it’s dark, it may be hard for employees to find their way out, even if they know the evacuation route. Make sure to light the way and provide a clear line of sight to help employees escape the fire quickly.
5. Have a Fire Alarm System, Smoke Detectors, and a Sprinkler System in Place
The right fire alarm system complete with smoke detectors and a sprinkler system can go a long way to ensuring your employees and your business are fully protected. When you choose the NOTIFIER ONYX Intelligent fire alarm system, you’ll provide full protection with early warning detection, flame detection, and even gas detection. Make sure you choose a state-of-the-art fire alarm system or you may wish you had a better system when a fire breaks out.
6. Don’t Let Clutter Pile Up
Paper accumulation and other types of clutter become a fire hazard and they can get in the way if people need to get out. Make sure you keep clutter to the very minimum in your business.
7. Keep Your Kitchens and Cooking Spaces Clean and Organized
A dirty, unorganized kitchen can become a fire hazard in a hurry. Keeping the kitchens at your place of business clean and organized will help to prevent a fire from ever happening.
8. Remove Combustible Items
If you’re in charge of keeping your building maintained, make sure any combustible items are removed regularly from the outside of the building and from the roof.
9. Comply with All Fire Safety Codes
No matter the type of business you run, you need to make sure you and your landlord (if you have one) comply with all fire safety codes. These codes are in place for a reason and you want to ensure you don’t have any issues due to non-compliance.
If you remember the Great Chicago Fire, you may know, the fire began in a business. The codes were very relaxed back then, but today, they are in place to help protect your business and other businesses around you.
10. Have Good Insurance
If a fire does happen, you can have everything necessary in place and still suffer losses. While your employees will hopefully all get out safely, you may suffer structural damage to your building and assets inside. When this happens, you need to make sure you have excellent insurance.
Check your insurance to ensure you have the right type to cover you if your business has to close for repairs. Some insurance policies don’t cover everything you need and you don’t want to end up bankrupt due to a fire.
When a fire happens within a business, it can be a very scary thing. You may lose your business or, even worse, you may end up with injured employees. Don’t let your business go up in flames without giving it the best chance of surviving a fire. Use the ten tips above to ensure you have the best possible protection just in case a fire does occur, and call 973.335.3931 to schedule a security assessment for your business.