While it’s important to have working fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and fire sprinklers, you can’t forget about your employees. That’s because your employees might accidentally start a fire and then they won’t know what to do next. There’s a saying that goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are three potential fire hazards you can prevent without too much trouble.
Clutter can be more than a cause for anxiety. Files, folders, and notepad papers need to be disposed of once they have outlived their usefulness.
The main reason for this is that all of these items can feed a fire that starts in your office. Too much clutter can also pose a problem during an emergency situation. When there’s a fire nearby, escaping to safety is one of the biggest challenges your employees face. They shouldn’t have to deal with clutter getting the way of emergency exits. However, avoiding excessive clutter is simple: encourage your employees to pick up after themselves and help each other be alert for anything that could potentially cause a fire, such as an exposed wire or a loose outlet.
Electrical equipment, plugs, and wiring can all cause a fire. If there is an extension cord that is overloaded or surge protectors that are too old, they could become another fire hazard. Electronics also need to be powered down when they are not in use. Lastly, be sure that all of the wirings work as they should since old wiring is just as dangerous to a commercial building or retail business as it would be to a private home.
It’s only natural that people will make mistakes. The problem is that these fires will often lead to fire hazards. These mistakes could include leaving the stove on in the break room or burning something in the microwave. Your employees could also be smoking in an area where they shouldn’t be.
However, these fire hazards are relatively simple to prevent. Start by encouraging your employees to visit the break room in pairs or small groups, so someone can keep an eye on whatever is cooking if the person preparing lunch needs to step out of the room.
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Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your rental property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and properties from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our wonderful customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.