In the United States, fire departments respond to a fire every 23 seconds. Regardless of response time, the risk of injury and property damage before the fire department arrives can be significant. Without an adequate fire prevention plan – this risk is even higher.
In this article, we discuss the importance of following applicable fire safety codes and how to develop proper fire safety protocols. Continue reading to improve fire safety in your office.
What Is a Fire Prevention Plan?
A fire prevention plan involves the development of fire safety protocols and procedures. These protocols help reduce the risk of fire and improve fire knowledge in the workplace.
A fire safety plan is more than having a fire extinguisher or fire alarms in your office building. While those items are important – you need to be better educated and prepared. A fire prevention plan is about preventing fires as well as understanding what to do if a true fire situation occurs.
Why You Need a Fire Prevention Plan
While it’s important for business owners and managers to understand the value of a fire prevention plan, it’s also important for your staff. Vesting your staff in fire safety is an effective way to ensure it’s practiced regularly.
A fire prevention plan can benefit your business in several ways such as improving employee safety, reducing risk, and following certain business requirements.
Reduce the Risk of Injury and Building Damage
One of the main motivators for creating an effective fire prevention plan is to reduce the risk of injury and property damage. While personal injuries and damages are traumatic, they also come with a significant financial impact on a business.
Follow Fire Safety Code
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) only requires businesses to have a fire prevention plan under certain circumstances, it’s recommended for all businesses.
Those required must have both written and oral prevention plans that are easily accessible to employees. Small businesses must at least offer an oral fire prevention plan to employees.
In the unlikely event of a workplace fire, fire safety protocols can help avoid panic. Instead of staff wasting time wondering what to do, they can calmly execute the necessary procedures to lower the risk of injury.
How to Create a Fire Prevention Plan
To create a fire prevention plan, you need to identify potential fire safety risks in the office space. This includes sources of heat, areas of clutter, and the absence of safety devices such as extinguishers and alarms.
You also need to schedule regular preventative maintenance. A professional should inspect your building for fire hazards and ensure your extinguishers aren’t expired. They should also ensure you have a functioning, tested and inspected fire sprinkler system.
Finally, you need to set aside time for staff training. The best fire safety protocols are ineffective if they aren’t executed properly. Make sure your entire staff is on board with the plan.
Develop Your Fire Prevention Plan
Use the above guide to develop your fire prevention plan and prepare your staff for the necessary fire safety protocols. Doing so will help you reduce the risk of injury and building damage, which can save your business emotionally and financially.
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