Indianapolis business owners need to be prepared for anything. You take out insurance on your assets, protect your office with a security system, and follow best practices for safety and security in the workplace. But one area in which some Indy businesses may lack is in fire safety.
Guardhouse Security wants all Hoosier businesses to be safe, secure, and long-lasting. That’s why we’ve put together the following business fire safety tips to help keep you prepared for the absolute worst. Take a look at some the most proven effective ways of preventing and mitigating damage caused by fires.
Practice Fire Prevention Methods
You’ve likely heard the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” at some point. That old axiom is never more relevant than when it comes to fire safety. Stamp out possible fires before they start with these proven prevention methods:
- Turn off any unneeded electrical appliances at the end of each workday.
- Keep any heat-producing appliances away from flammable materials. That means keep your coffee filters separate from the hot coffee machine, keep folders and files away from hot-running computers, and keep just about everything away from portable space heaters.
- Instruct all employees in fire safety practices and procedures early on in their time of employment.
- Overload circuits. It may be tempting to keep all your devices and appliances plugged into one power strip so they’re in a convenient place, but overloaded circuits are a very common cause of office fires.
- Use any damaged electronics. Cords or machinery with exposed wiring are at a risk of sparking, meaning any nearby material can be ignited easily.
- Run cords along the floor where they can be stepped on or tripped over. This can cause wiring damage or sparking if a cord is suddenly yanked from an outlet.
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Have an Emergency Fire Plan
Another common phrase that relates to fire safety is “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.” Basically, even with all the best planning and safety precautions, sometimes accidents do happen. That’s why it’s important to have a solid emergency fire plan in place, and to make sure everyone in your business knows and understands the plan.
Instruct all employees on which exits to use in case of a fire, where to go after leaving the premises, and what should be the next steps after everyone is safely outside. Who will make the 911 call, who will notify the insurance provider, and so on? Have these plans in place and communicated to your entire staff.
Have the Right Equipment - And Know How to Operate It
Just like homes, Indianapolis area businesses need an appropriate number of smoke alarms, preferably monitored alarms that automatically call emergency services, spaced according to their layout. Some businesses can also benefit greatly from automated sprinklers connected to their fire alarms, though this may be dependent on your building’s plumbing access.
Your building should also have an appropriate number of personal fire extinguishers, which at least one employee present at all times should know how to operate.
Test Your Equipment, and Your Plans
Fire drills aren’t just for schools - they’re an effective way of making sure your emergency plans are workable. Set regular emergency fire drills for your business to make sure all the parts of your plan come together smoothly.
In addition, regularly test your smoke alarms and alarm system to ensure proper functionality in case they are truly needed in an emergency.
We Can Help You Stay Safe
With these tips, you can mitigate or outright prevent the damage an accidental fire can cause to your Indianapolis business. If you see a gap in your safety precautions, Guardhouse Security is ready to help. Give us a call at 317-602-5777 to talk to a security expert and set your business on the right path with the most up to date equipment and procedures.