How to Safeguard Your Business From Fires

How to Safeguard Your Business From Fires

Nov 21, 2019


How to Safeguard Your Business From Fires

Protect your business from fires.

Fire is one of the most common causes of property damage - and it can also be one of the most costly incidents for a small business. Around 10 percent of small businesses are affected by a fire, and the average cost for a fire claim is $35,000. Fires can happen to any businesses at any time - no one is immune to the damage. To protect your business, make sure to educate your employees on fire safety and follow these essential fire prevention tips. Inspect and maintain fire extinguishers Keep fire extinguishers inspected and maintained according to the local fire code. Ensure all employees know how to use them properly. This basic training can save lives during a fire emergency. Clean and inspect equipment regularly Did you know that faulty equipment is a common cause of electrical fires? Make sure your machines and equipment are in proper working order, and switch them off when they're not in use. Clean tools and equipment regularly to ensure they are functioning properly, too. Reduce clutter Keep your working environment free from clutter, especially boxes and paper that are fuel for fires. Make sure that all electrical appliances (e.g., microwaves, toasters, coffeemakers) are kept away from combustible materials, and that computers have plenty of space so that air can circulate them. Develop and practice an exit strategy Create an emergency exit plan and practice fire drills with your employees. Make sure emergency exit doors have visible signage and are well-lit at all times. Regularly check stairwells to ensure nothing is blocking them. Maintain outdoor spaces Exterior fires also threaten businesses. Make sure to get rid of dry, dead trees and shrubs, keep brush from growing next to your building, and remove dry grass that's within 100 feet of any structure. If the worst does happen to your business, insurance can help. Ready to get started on your reliable business insuranceContact Bell Black Insurance. Serving Idaho Falls, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley, Ashton, and the neighboring communities in Idaho, as well as Jackson and Star Valley in Wyoming; we are ready to get you covered today.