Your Business Fire Safety Checklist

Now is a great time for your business to think about the things you can do better and fire safety is certainly an area that gets often overlooked and shouldn’t be. So what better time than now to take a look at what needs to happen to get your business up to code and where it should be?

Today, we’re going to review a checklist of things that you should be paying attention to so that your business is where it needs to be with regards to its fire safety. Let’s jump right in!

Alarms

Alarms are one of the first lines of defense when it comes to fires. That’s why it is important to make sure they’re inspected on a routine basis and are in good, working order. It’s also a good time to review your plan of action should the alarm go off.

Extinguishers and Suppression Systems

Just like alarms, it’s important to make sure they’re inspected and tested to make sure they both work and have the right pressure when they get activated. Additionally, make sure your extinguishers are full and operational – as well as making sure they’re located in places where they’re both needed most and accessible.

Lighting

Lighting helps people know where to go. As always, get your lighting inspected and tested, but also make sure people are familiar with where lighting is available and where employees need to go in order to use it.

First Aid

First Aid kits and cabinets should not only be available to your employees but readily accessible as well. Make sure they’re fully stocked and have a plan to make sure they’re regularly getting restocked, especially if your workplace has genuine hazards associated with it. First aid can sometimes mean the difference between routine injury and catastrophe.

Training

Businesses should plan on taking at least one day a year to review not only fire safety but to be trained in how the building’s fire suppression system works and how and when to use extinguishers and other equipment. It’s also a great time to make sure that your preparedness plan is updated and engrained in your employees day to day. Doing so can make all the difference.

Making sure your fire safety prevention is in place and up to date might seem like a daunting task, but if you have routine inspections and maintenance done, all of this can be accomplished seamlessly.

If you have any questions on this or any other fire safety topic, please contact Protegis Fire and Safety.

Stay Safe This Thanksgiving


Next week is Thanksgiving and although our holidays will look different than they have in the past, cooking will still be a big part of the celebration. Therefore, we wanted to share some important things to keep in mind as you prepare your meal.

Top 10 Safety Tips (NFPA)

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Thanksgiving Fire Facts (NFPA)

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking caused almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths in 2014-2018.  

Taking extra precautions will help you minimize the risk of injury or fire. Please stay safe and enjoy the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Protegis Fire & Safety.