Fire is unpredictable. It can happen anytime, anywhere, to any business. But almost a third of office fires happen between 7 pm and 7 am, the hour's workers aren’t present. Those fires also cause about 67% of property damage because they went undetected for a longer time. Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to minimize the chances of a fire happening in your Colorado Springs business or commercial building.
According to OSHA, employers are required to perform a full maintenance check on their workplace’s fire extinguishers at least once per year. “Maintenance” means a thorough examination and repair, as needed, of all your businesses portable fire extinguishers, as covered in NFPA Sec.4.
Besides checking that your fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and maintained according to local fire codes, each month you should take these actions:
Your company should have a fire prevention plan in writing that’s kept in the workplace and is available to all employees for examination. Even if you have only a few employees, having it written down instead of communicating it verbally is better as that it can be reviewed at any time. Your plan should include:
Space heaters are notorious for starting fires, so if you can get by without them, do so. But if you must have them, follow these safety tips:
Keep other appliances such as coffeemakers and toasters away from paper and other flammables. You should also reduce the amount of clutter in your building. Items like boxes, piles of paper, and other flammable materials can provide fuel for a fire, especially if left near a heat source. Before plugging anything in, make sure the cord hasn’t been damaged or frayed. If it has, replace it immediately. Wires should not run under rugs or between furniture and walls; they tend to heat up, so they need to be clear of any flammable objects.
We understand how devastating and confusing a fire to your Central Colorado home or business can be. Don’t hesitate to contact the experts here at Cyclone Kleen Up to help guide you through the restoration process.