The threat of fire breaking out exists all year round but winter brings specific fire safety concerns that business owners must address. According to The National Fire Protection Association, fires occur more in the wintertime than in any other season. For this reason, you should be sure you are alert during the winter season, in addition to the other times of the year. Here are some useful fire safety tips for your business.
Check Electrical Wiring
A common cause of commercial fires is faulty electrical wiring. In older buildings, electrical wiring can be as old as the building which can be a safety hazard. If it has been a while since you’ve checked your electrical system, be sure to schedule an appointment with an electrician. The electrical wiring should be up to code to ensure there is no risk of fire due to electrical components. Rats and mice can easily enter the walls of your business and chew away at the wiring, which leads to electrical fires. By having your wiring inspected, you can ensure there is no damage and that the wiring is not at risk of creating a fire.
Test Smoke Alarms
You always want to check that your smoke alarm batteries are fresh and will last you through the winter. Always place smoke alarms in high traffic areas, such as lobbies, offices, and kitchens. Furthermore, you should replace old fire alarms. Most have a lifespan of about eight years.
Be Careful Using Space Heaters
Space heaters are one of the biggest causes of residential fires during the winter, but they can also pose a threat to commercial properties when they are brought into the workplace. Fires can start if the heater is placed too close to furniture or other flammable items. To reduce the risk of fire, you should:
Check the wiring and plug for damage before using, especially if you’ve had the heater for more than 5 years.
- Do not use extensions cords with portable heaters.
- Don’t leave heaters on for an extended period of time and turn them off at the end of the day
- Do not place any items on top of the heater.
- Use a heater with safety features, such as a time safety switch, so that it cannot overheat or one that automatically turns off if it falls over.
Have Enough Fire Extinguishers
You can never have too many fire extinguishers in the business. It’s recommended to have multiple ABC extinguishers positioned throughout your space. In particular, position them on the walls within rooms where fires are most likely to start, including:
- Office corridors
- Copy machine rooms
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.