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Commercial Building Fire Prevention Tips

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Building Fire damage to a commercial building in Massillion, Ohio. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County was able to clean up and restore the business.

As a business owner, it important to understand all safety risks to your structure, employees, and visitors. One of the things you should spend a little extra time planning for is fire prevention.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) listed in order:

  • Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  • Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  • Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  • Intentional, 10% of fires
  • Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  • Exposure, 4% of fires
  • Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Helping to protect your business is easy when you follow a few simple measures. Here are a few safety tips so that you can be better prepared if fire disaster strikes.

  1. Advance preparation is so important. Make sure that key employees understand the business insurance plan in DETAIL. This makes it so much easier when you need to make a claim. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County has an Emergency Ready Profile which is a quick reference guide geared towards your business to get back up and running after a disaster.  
  2. Make sure your smoke alarms work properly! Smoke alarms save lives, check monthly and don’t forget to change your batteries.
  3. Make sure safety rules and plans are accessible to all employees. This can be achieved by having the safety instructions posted in all areas of the office space. 
  4. Assess your risk for fire by identifying hazards. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.
  5. Have the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.
  6. Create a fire plan and review it with your staff on a regular basis. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and the location of your first-aid kits.

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We are locally owned and operated in the Canton community and we can respond immediately to your commercial property emergency. Call us at 330-497-4600 or visit our website at www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com

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