According to the National Fire Protection Association, the most prevalent causes of commercial fires are heating equipment, cooking equipment, electrical & lighting equipment, arson, and smoking materials. So, they are not as uncommon as one would think. However, there are fire safety tips you can practice in your office environment, whether you are an office worker or facilities manager.
Ensure There Are Well-Marked Emergency Exits
Emergency exit lights and signs must be clearly visible to ensure safe building evacuation. Besides yearly inspections, testing the batteries and bulbs in your lights and signage is vital to ensure they are working. This way, you can provide visibility during blackouts and help building occupants escape during an emergency.
In addition, it’s imperative that you know where all the emergency exits are in your building and what the evacuation procedures are. Sadly, it’s not prevalent in offices to take the time with these critical safety items. But, doing so can save many lives in the event of a fire.
Locate the Closest Fire Extinguisher
Another one of the critical fire safety tips to practice is knowing where your closest fire extinguisher is. A fire extinguisher is your first line of defense against a fire. If you detect a minor fire, you might extinguish it using a portable fire extinguisher. Ideally, you should look and see where the fire extinguishers are located in your office so you know where to obtain one in case of an emergency.
The occasional preventive fire inspections protect against the hazards of mechanical, electrical, and steam system malfunctions by identifying hotspots before a fire or equipment failure occurs. As one of your fire safety tips, inspection, maintenance, and testing of your fire alarm equipment is necessary semi-annually.
Moreover, a well-maintained fire alarm system keeps commercial workers and property safe. Whether you are an office employee or facilities manager, fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Help to protect your commercial property and your co-workers by doing your part, starting with these elemental fire safety tips.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
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