Small business owners are legally responsible for keeping their employees and customers safe. Actively making and following fire safety practices at your company can help you comply with local fire safety ordinances. However, business owners often don’t understand domestic fire safety laws. Keep reading to learn the fire safety practices your small business should complete.
Have Signed Exits in Several Locations in a Building
Your company’s building must have signed exits in several locations in the event of a fire. There must be at least two emergency exits in the facility that are not close to each other to be used in fire emergencies. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requires that nothing block the emergency exits except for fire alarm systems built into the exit doors. In addition, all emergency exits should be labeled with illuminated exit signs.
Install Fire Extinguishers
Also, OSHA requires that all employers equip their workplace sites with fire extinguishers specific to the fire hazard types on site. This also includes supplying portable fire extinguishers. Moreover, employees need training on the adequate operation of suppression systems, including fire extinguishers. So, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommended inspection schedule for all fire suppression systems, and note when they take action.
Keep an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Employers must have an emergency evacuation plan. As a small business owner, you must ensure your employees know all the emergency exit routes and procedures they need to follow during a fire emergency. Additionally, management must take accountability for all employees during an evacuation. You must also ensure the emergency evacuation plan is visible and accessible for employee review.
Most importantly, your staff should receive the proper training and conduct evacuation drills in case of a fire emergency. Consider conducting periodic reviews every 6 to 12 months and retraining them on fire safety practices if necessary.
Teach and Practice Fire Prevention Standards
Besides fire safety, fire prevention is crucial. You can help your small business and employees with a fire prevention plan. Personalize your fire prevention plans for your business type and teach your staff about these fire safety practices to help prevent fire emergencies.
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