Whether caused by flammable materials, arson or mother nature, fire can pose a devastating threat to your commercial property.
Knowing the risks and having a fire prevention plan can make the difference between continuing business operations and financial collapse.
Fire threats are omnipresent for business owners, but technology, training, and preparedness can help lessen the loss associated with fires. Consider the following when developing a fire prevention plan:
1. Install and maintain a fire detection system: Modern technology can help prevent fires or limit the destruction caused by an ensuing fire so make sure to find the right system for your business:
2. Manage hot work hazards: Preventing hot work fires requires careful implementation and enforcement of a written Hot Work Safety Program. Management should designate a hot work Permit Authorizing Individual (PAI), who is trained in hot work safety measures and is responsible for issuing permits.
3. Pre-fire planning or Emergency Response Plan (ERP): Good pre-fire planning or ERP gives the fire department better situational awareness as they can refer to your plan at the time of an emergency. To create a best-in-class ERP:
4. Business continuity planning: A business continuity plan provides a framework for returning to normalcy following a disaster. It is a key tool in protecting business revenues, your company's reputation, recovery costs, and even people’s lives. Make sure your plan includes emergency response procedures for fires.
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