Commercial Property Fire Safety
One of the most devastating things that can happen to a business owner is to have their commercial property suffer damages. Especially in the case of fire, there are a variety of measures that can be put in place to limit the amount of damage sustained and/or reduce the risk of a fire even taking place in the workplace. So, what can you do to not only help ensure the safety of your employees and customers, but also protect your building when it comes to fire?
Fire extinguishers are one of the most common, and widely recognized, means of protecting property in case of fire. It is important to make sure your fire extinguishers are in date, located in easily accessible areas of the building, and are the proper type of extinguisher for the possible materials that could catch fire at your business. The National Fire Protection Association offers resources defining the different types of fire extinguishers.
Depending on the size and type of commercial building you own, a fire suppression system may be required, or recommended, for use. This system includes strategically located overhead sprinklers that are triggered by high heat. Additional suppression type systems, including chemical suppression, are available for properties like restaurants and catering halls where a great deal of cooking takes place.
Knowledge is the key to success when it comes to preparation and planning. Make sure all employees are knowledgeable about the protocols for building evacuation in case of fire, have evacuation routes mapped and displayed, and make sure all emergency exits are labeled. Consider practicing fire drills on a regular basis, including instruction on where to meet once evacuation has taken place. Taking a head count after evacuation ensures that all personnel are accounted for: this information can be critical to relay to first responders in the case of a fire emergency.
Even with the best preparation, fire damages can still happen. When fire disaster strikes your commercial property, know that SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help. Serving the communities of Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Mexico Beach, and surrounding areas, our team offers 24 hour a day emergency response to help make your damage "Like it never even happened. Interested in learning more? Call Us! 850-785-1077.