Fires will affect thousands of companies every year, which results in injury, lost client trust and the obvious, building damage. By establishing a detailed fire prevention and preparedness program, you’ll help avoid injuries to your employees and visitors, costly damages to the building, as well as potential fines to the business.
Below are some best practices:
- Implement a Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan – Response becomes easier when everyone knows their respective roles and/or responsibilities. By establishing a comprehensive and detailed fire emergency evacuation plan, giving distinct instructions on “How” to respond, when to respond, and which will identifies a path of egress. Also remember, if certain employees have special needs or require special attention, address these details within the plan that’s devised!
- Establish a Fire Prevention Plan – These are a set of fire prevention plans that are provided the facility with comprehensive documentation outlining the procedural plan for the employees deemed responsible for identifying combustible materials, fire hazards and heat-producing equipment. Within these same plans you’ll find outlines of the procedures necessary to prevent potential emergencies.
- Train Team Members – On an Semi-Annual basis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NFPA requires that there be a fire extinguisher training session for ALL employees. Each of these employees should receive this required training and be also be briefed on new enhancements or regularization or procedural changes ongoing.
Above are 3 Major components of how important it is to have a Fire Protection Plan in place at your business. Failure to have the plan in place will defiantly have cause for loss of life or damages to structures that a Fire Protection Plan is to Protect!