When you go about your business on a daily basis, you assume your workplace is safe and protected. However, there might be some lingering fire risks that you aren't aware of. It is important that you and your employees are fully aware of these risks and work to prevent potential fire hazards.
Be Careful About Electrical Hazards
Your electrical system might be the cause of your biggest fire risks. Start by checking on all electrical cords being used with appliances and machinery in your offices, warehouse, and other areas of the workplace. If any look worn or damaged, unplug that appliance or machine, and get the cord replaced. Make sure no electrical cords are sitting in or near water. When using multiple devices or appliances, be sure you are not overloading circuits. Use power strips and don't plug in too many things to each outlet. If you have any warning signs of electrical problems, such as blown fuses or lights that flicker, contact commercial electrical services for an inspection.
Label Designated Smoking Areas
It is essential that you not only require all employees smoke outside, but that there is a designated smoking area. This prevents them from unintentionally causing a fire risk by smoking outside near chemicals or combustible items. They might think it is okay to smoke just outside a warehouse, even though there is oil or gas on the ground that a cigarette could light on fire. Have designated areas that are kept from any fire or combustible risks.
Clutter in the office, in the yard outside your office, and in warehouses and manufacturing plants can all add to an increased fire risk. Make sure there is not a lot of paper lying around, particularly in areas where it could catch on fire. Keep paperwork and documents in a fireproof filing cabinet. Outdoors, make sure you keep grass, trees, and bushes trimmed, as they could also become a fire hazard. Avoid having piles of wood placed near your building as well.
Have Fire Safety Equipment
You may not be able to prevent all fires, but you can reduce their severity. Have multiple fire extinguishers in the building and train all employees how to use them. You will most likely have designated employees that handle fire equipment, but all employees should at least know how to put out a fire with the extinguisher. Also, make sure you have smoke alarms along with sensors that turn sprinklers on inside the building if there is a fire. Keep these fire prevention items maintained and inspected to ensure they are still working properly.