Fires are a serious risk for businesses of all types and can stem from things like negligent cooking, improperly discarded smoking materials and faulty electrical equipment. One of the best ways employers can protect their organization from costly and devastating fires is by establishing a fire safety plan.
A fire safety plan is a detailed document that covers all aspects of fire safety for a specific building or property. An effective plan will include the following:
- Specific maintenance and housekeeping requirements used to prevent fires
- Methods for minimizing the damage caused by fires when they occur
- Details regarding emergency procedures, including how to sound the alarm, notify the fire department and evacuate all employees
- Specifics on how fire drills are conducted and how often
- Actions related to fire hazard prevention and control
- Information regarding employee training on fire hazards and prevention
- Detailed maintenance procedures for fire protection systems
Fire safety plans should match the unique risks of an organization. Conducting a regular audit of your facilities can help you build a plan that’s right for your company.
Items to examine in this audit include site layout, points of entry and exit, roadways, use of the building, where and how items are stored, and alarm and sprinkler systems.
In addition to using a fire safety plan, organizations can reduce their risk by highlighting fire safety during safety meetings and utilizing informational resources like a fire prevention checklist.