Protect Your Business and Employees from Fire

As a business owner, you are probably well versed in lowering your bottom line and increasing sales.  You look at budgets, spreadsheets, and marketing reports much of the day.  You meet with clients and produce your product.  However, if you have one employee or more, do you give much thought to fire safety and prevention?  Chances are, this is not high on your list.

However, it should be because one fire could wipe out all that you have worked so hard to build.  Here are some ways to make your business safer when it comes to potential fires:

1.  Consult with the local fire department.  The Seattle Fire Department offers business owners assistant with developing fire evacuation plans as well as training their staff.  Many other fire departments across the country also offer this service.  Simply call your fire department to see if this option is available for your city.

2.  Invest in fire extinguishers.  If you have not already done so, one of the simplest things you can do to prevent a spreading fire is to invest in fire extinguishers from or another company.  Fire extinguishers are not that expensive, and they can prevent a fire from spreading and causing serious damage.

3.  Have regular fire evacuation drills.  Make sure after you develop an evacuation plan that your employees are familiar with what they have to do.  The best way is to have practice drills.  Yes, drills can take your employees away from their work, but practice is the only way everyone will learn what to do in the event of a fire.

4.  Make sure you have the appropriate insurance.  Your business is likely your greatest asset.  Make sure you protect it by being properly insured.  Take the time every year to review your policy and see if you need to update it or increase coverage.

Thankfully, business fires are rare, but there is always the possibility that one will happen.  You don’t want to jeopardize your business or your employees by not being prepared.  Take steps now so that if a fire does occur, you are prepared and can either stop it from spreading, or, if that is not an option, you can prevent serious injury or loss of life.

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