Fire Fighting Tips

 

A fire can be a catastrophic event, leading to destruction of property or loss of life. To ensure that your staff and employees are protected in the event that a fire breaks out, it is essential that every business have a fire safety plan in place. This fire safety plan should include a detailed evacuation plan that all employees are made aware of so they can exit the building quickly in the event of a fire.

Evacuation Plan

Every workplace or business establishment must have an evacuation plan. Keep in mind, however, that even the most perfect plan will be useless if only the person who made it knows about it. Go through the evacuation plan and make sure that every staff member and employee is knowledgeable about what to do. The plan should include which exits to use, and employees should be aware of the number of steps required to reach the exit in case there are visibility problems. Every establishment should have at least two exits in case one of them is blocked. If the fire alarm rings, never ignore it. Use the evacuation plan and strictly follow it. Post the evacuation plan and perform fire drills to ensure you and your staff are experts at it. Make the necessary provisions for any disabled workers and take into account how you will help any visitors present during a fire but unfamiliar with your plan.

 

Company Policies

Aside from the right plan and equipment, fire prevention is also dependent on proper behavior and mindset. This includes making sure you are giving breathing room to computer and electrical equipment to reduce the build up of heat. Never bend or crush any cords under any equipment or furniture. Unplug appliances when not in use. For smokers, always smoke in designated smoking areas and properly dispose cigarette butts. Always report any fire hazards to maintenance immediately.