New Business Owner's Guide To Fire Safety

Posted on: 6 March 2017

If you're a new business owner, you've already learned that this hat comes with a great deal of responsibility. With this windfall of work, you have a responsibility to keep your building safe for your employees, as well as your customers. This is particularly the case when it comes to fire safety. In addition to a standard fire alarm and sprinkler system, make sure you know what other additions you need to make to achieve this goal.

Partner With A Professional

It's great to have a fire alarm and sprinkler system in place, but if they are not designed in the right fashion, they won't be as effective. It's best to partner with a professional, such as a fire safety engineer.

These professionals take into account the inherent fire risks that your business's operation will present, the layout of your business, the flow of traffic and a host of other details to design a fire safety design that is going to be best suited to meet your needs. In addition to design, these professionals can also help you choose the safety equipment you need.

Install Smoke Control Systems

It's wise to consider the addition of a smoke control system. Smoke control systems play a critical role in the event of a fire. With any fire, one of the major hazards is smoke. Not only does smoke raise breathing concerns, it can also make it more challenging for people to safely navigate their way out of a burning building.

Smoke control systems help mitigate the flow of smoke throughout a building during a fire. While this addition won't prevent a fire, it will do a lot in terms of helping people safely escape.

Focus On Training

One of the best ways to protect yourself from a fire is to prevent one in the first place. Ensure your team members are equipped with the knowledge to achieve this goal. Consider making it a priority for all employees and managers to be trained on fire prevention techniques suited for your particular business.

For example, in a restaurant, this would include knowing how to properly handle cooking oil, how to properly use a fire extinguisher and how to store flammable liquids. The more trained your team, the less likely a fire is to occur.  

Fire safety is very important. Ensure you are partnering with a professional, installing the right equipment, and training your team for the best outcome.