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Fire Safety Tips for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

Business owners have much to take into consideration regarding risks to their business, staff and visitors. As a business owner, one of those risks you need to spend a little extra time planning for and working toward preventing is a fire.

Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has reported that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2007, fires and explosions were responsible for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

In studying more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that for a period from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments answered an average of 3,340 calls for fires involving office properties per year. Those fires resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

Protecting Your Business From Disaster

So, what steps can you take to protect your business and employees from the risk of fires? By placing an emphasis on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you are taking steps to reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, assess your facility for the risk of fire hazards. Local governments in some areas may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

Ensure that the right fire protection equipment (including an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers) is in place on each floor.

Finally, work with your most important asset—your employees—by creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff to make sure everyone knows procedures to follow in the event of a fire. By conducting fire drills at least once a year, you will keep this information fresh in everyone’s mind, and provide the opportunity to review evacuation plans and first-aid kit locations.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

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