While some business owners maintain safety equipment to avoid getting hefty fines from safety inspectors, most of them do it to ensure the safety of their employees. Should a fire break out, the goal is for every staff member to exit the building and to prevent extensive damage. Below are 5 things to consider when putting your fire safety plan in place:
- Select the right alarm
Choosing the right type of alarm is crucial. You should preferably install one that can detect smoke as well as heat. This will allow alarms to pick up on all signs of fire activity in areas like offices and server rooms.
- Include overhead sprinklers in your plan
Only areas where water is likely to add more damage than do good, should be exempt from overhead sprinklers. Instead, you can install a head that releases gas to minimise the oxygen supply to the flames.
- How many fire extinguishers do you need?
Fire extinguishers play a vital role in any fire safety strategy. Professional fire suppression services like Fire and Security can help you determine how many you would need and where to put them. Just make sure units are checked regularly for functionality.
- Don’t forget the exit signs
Directional and exit signs are used to make sure staff members follow selected pathways to exit the building. Backlit exit signs tend to stand out more when smoke is accumulating and can be especially helpful.
- Training and fire drills
Having the right equipment gets you halfway there. The other half is educating your employees on how to act when a fire should break out. Everyone needs to know exactly which exit to use and where the designated safe areas are in order to perform a head count.
For more information about setting up a fire safety plan for your business, get in touch with the team at Fire and Security for a free consultation.