Taking steps to prevent a house fire may seem more intuitive than preventing an office fire. Many people know not to put aluminum in the microwave or leave food unattended while it’s cooking. However, office fire prevention may not be as clear cut. You know to evacuate a building when you hear a fire alarm, but do you know how to fireproof your office to prevent the fire alarm from going off in the first place? If not, then keep reading. Today we’re going to discuss five ways that you can fireproof your office.
Always Inspect Fire Detectors
If you own an office building, then you need to make sure that your fire detection systems comply with OSHA’s safety codes. If not, we specialize in replacement and make sure that your arrangements are up to code. If your office space is smaller, then make sure that you place your detectors at 30-feet intervals. Another rule is to make sure that there is one detector every 500 square feet. If this is the case, then your job is still not done. Testing the battery life and make sure that they work effectively will prevent a disaster.
Watch the Way That You Heat Your Food
Once again, it’s obvious not to put aluminum in the microwave. But did you know that takeout food containers can cause a hazard? If your to-go container uses staples to hold it together, then this could cause a spark. Also, to-go mugs may not always be microwave-safe. Taking the time to research what you heat in the microwave could avoid a fire emergency.
Never Plug Too Many Things Up
Most people inadvertently overload power outlets. Computers, cell phone chargers, desk fans, and other electronic devices can be problematic if you don’t limit their usage. Also, multiple people tend to share one strip, so you have to be careful.
Keep Windows and Walkways Free
If a fire emergency were to break out, you and your employees need to escape. Therefore, ideal office design is one with an open layout. Desks placed in front of windows or by walkways are an obtrusion.
Learn How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher
Most people walk by one each day and don’t know how to use it. The acronym PASS can help you remember the steps. Pull the pin, aim the nozzle, squeeze the handle, and sweep the extinguisher from side to side.
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 in 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.