Do you have a few fireplaces at your commercial business? Fireplaces are great commercial features for any type of business because the warmth of fireplaces can make an office environment more inviting. However, you could waste a great deal of energy and put property and life at risks if you do not have regular fireplace maintenance performed.
There are four types of fireplaces available for commercial business owners to choose from:
Wood Burning Fireplaces
A combination of Gas/Wood Burning Fireplace
And Electric Fireplaces
No matter the type of fireplace you have within your commercial property, fire safety should be a top priority.
What are the best fire safety practices for commercial fireplace maintenance?
For one, you should schedule chimney cleanings every two years to make sure creosote buildup is cleared from your chimney to prevent commercial fires. It is important to have a professional chimney inspector handle your fireplace maintenance to clear your chimneys of creosote and prevent embers from smoldering in cleaning material such as vacuum cleaner bags (this type of commercial maintenance equipment can catch on fire if embers are vacuumed).
You should also have a professional chimney inspector install screen or glass doors on your fireplaces to prevent embers from flying onto your furniture and flooring.
Anytime a fireplace is ignited, it should never be left unattended.
Some common commercial businesses that feature fireplaces are hotels, luxury apartment complexes, restaurants, and architectural firms.
To maintain good fire and life safety at your commercial business, you need to have CO detectors (carbon monoxide detectors) to protect building occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning that’s produced from the fireplace hot ashes. You will need the hot ashes properly disposed after every fireplace usage.
Next, your company should have plenty of fire extinguishers that are easily accessible on every floor with a fireplace.
You should also have smoke alarms on every floor of your office to alert building occupants of a chimney fire.
Remember, smoke alarms and fire alarms save lives.
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