You can buy state of the art fire prevention and suppression equipment, but that is only half the battle when it comes to preventing fires in your commercial space. But how can you and your employees help to prevent fires? By noticing the little things. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite fire prevention tips!
While this isn’t necessarily a fire prevention tip, cleaning up your office can help to keep fires to spreading throughout your office. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and limited access. Clutter can also help to block exits and emergency equipment when people try to help put out the fires. Make sure you and your employees work to keep files and other items away from anything that could catch on fire or anything that might be used to put out the fires.
Machinery and Oils
One of the main causes of fires in factories, mechanic shops, and repair shops is the sparks causes by friction. When your machinery overheats or causes friction sparks, it is extremely important to shut down the machine right away and allow it to cool down. These sparks could catch fire on your clothing, hats, or any oil spills on the floor of your shop. If you have any oily rags or wipes, it is important to keep them in a safe, closed container to avoid being hit by sparks.
Electrical hazards are one of the most prevalent fire starters in any home or business. Many fires start out because of faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. If you aren’t sure about the wiring in a part of your building, do not plug anything in. It is important not to make any attempts to wire items yourself so make sure to call a certified electrician for any electrical repairs.
When storing chemicals, it is important to make sure you are storing them correctly. Check the labels of your chemicals to ensure you are storing them in the correct temperature as well as lighting. Storing them incorrectly could lead to explosions or flammable vapors that could spark a fire.
Equipment and Training
Just as important as to know how to operate a piece of your equipment, it is also important for your employees to know how to operate your fire safety equipment. Knowing where the sprinkler systems, emergency stop, and electrical stop buttons are located is an important part of keeping your business from fire damage. You should also make sure every employee knows where to find and how to work your fire extinguishers and where to go if your building has to be evacuated. Make sure to hold quarterly or monthly trainings and to keep your equipment serviced and up-to-date. For more fire safety tips or to get your fire equipment inspected, call Fireline today!
Fire Protection with Fireline
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.