Fire Safety for Small Businesses

Small Business Fire Safety 

One of the top risks to any small business is fire. According to Insurance Journal, fire is one of the top five reasons for insurance claims. It’s also one of the most expensive, causing property damage, productivity loss, equipment failure, and hiked up insurance premiums.

The financial burden of a fire can be enough to shut a small business’s doors for good. But common fire safety practices and employee training can help substantially reduce the possibility of an incident.

How Do Office Fires Start?

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year during the five-year period of 2007-2011.

What was the most common culprit? The report showed that cooking equipment caused more than one in every four office property fires (29%). This corresponding graph shows other common causes of fires in offices.

 

Fire Safety chart

Tips for Prevention

Local safety codes dictate the minimum fire protection required for businesses to operate legally. These kinds of specifications can include installation of state-of-the-art fire protection systems; the erection of scale models; emergency response drills; and retrofitting of older buildings with fire suppression systems.

However, practicing smart fire safety is everyone’s job. All employees should be aware of common fire hazards and report any potential problem areas to be corrected.

The NFPA and OSHA recommend the following fire safety strategies to help keep your small business protected:

These tips are not a substitute for learning and following local safety codes. Your business must obtain proper safety certifications to do business legally. For more information about fire prevention and safety codes for small businesses, check out NFPA 101, Life Safety Code® or NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code®.


Employee Fire Training

Even with safety measures in place, fires can and do occur, and response must be safe and speedy. You can help reduce the danger to your team by establishing an employee fire training program.

The NFPA recommend that employees should be trained to do the following:

Employers must also do the following:

You can always replace buildings and equipment, but you can't replace people. Good moves now can cut your risk of injury to your employees and customers later.

For more information on fire safety planning, download OSHA’s free guide.


Consult an Expert

A professional fire security company can help you plan, install, and test your fire alarm system to ensure they meet all safety code requirements.

Many people know Peak Alarm as experts in security alarm systems. But did you know that our fire prevention is just as robust? Whether installing a fully addressable life safety system, or monitoring an automatic sprinkler, we can help protect your commercial property against fire, end to end.

Visit our website for more information on fire safety for your business. Or give us a call at (800) 444-7231