5 Ways to Better Fire-Proof Your Business
January 24, 2017
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are more than 1.2 million fires a year. The average number of injuries is more than 15,000, and the average amount of monetary damage is $11.5 billion. These are frightening statistics that should make you care about workplace safety. If you’re ready to fireproof your business, here are just five tips for protecting both your workers and your property.
1. Clean Up Your Cubicles
A great number of fires are started or exacerbated by everyday objects catching and spreading flames. In the home, these are things like clothes dryers and Christmas trees; in the office, they tend to be papers, computers and coffee makers. To avoid careless accidents, try implementing a clean-up policy among your employees that keeps their work stations and break rooms free of clutter.
2. Use Fireproof Construction Materials
The next time that you’re remodeling an office or expanding a floor, buy fireproof construction materials in the form of fire-resistant drywall or flame-retardant floor tiles. They might cost you a little more upfront, but you’ll be glad that you made the investment if a real fire ever breaks out in the building. These materials will protect your property and save you repair costs down the line.
3. Mind Your Heater
Employees may be less productive when they’re cold, but they won’t get any work done at all if the building burns to the ground. Overheated and badly-maintained HVAC units are one of the leading causes of workplace fires, so keep an eye on them through the winter season. Change their filters regularly, and don’t give your employees the power to adjust the thermostat a dozen times a day.
4. Maintain Your Fire Equipment
When’s the last time that you replaced the batteries on your smoke detector? How often do you test your fire extinguisher to make sure that it’s in proper working order? These are items that many business owners take for granted, but it’s important to keep them serviced and maintained if you’re serious about office safety. It might even be legally required of your company.
5. Get Behind the Walls
Do you know what’s happening behind your office walls? Circuits might be wearing thin. Pests might be chewing on wires and fuses. Mold might be growing, spreading and becoming a fire hazard. Take some money out of the annual budget to have your building professionally inspected at least once a year. You might be surprised by what’s happening in dark places that you can’t see.
These are just a few tips for fireproofing your workplace. Whether you’re looking to make drastic changes or simple fixes, use these guidelines for fewer accidents, less liability and increased office safety.