A fire can be a catastrophic event, leading to destruction of property or loss of life. To ensure that your staff and employees are protected in the event that a fire breaks out, it is essential that every business have a fire safety plan in place. This fire safety plan should include a detailed evacuation plan that all employees are made aware of so they can exit the building quickly in the event of a fire.

BUSINESS FIRE SAFETY

  • Fire Extinguishers checked within the last 12 months.
  • Fire Extinguishers should be within 75 feet of an exit and mounted along the path to the emergency exits.
  • All required EXIT signs are in place and illuminated.
  • Building address and/or Unit Number is visible from the street
  • Extension cords must be used properly.  Have only one (1) cord per appliance.
  • Have cords of the proper size.  Amperage ratings greater than the appliance they are serving.
  • All Extension cords are in good repair and not damaged.
  • Do not plug extension cords into extension cords.
  • General electrical maintenance (i.e. cover plates are in place, cord bridges over cords in traffic areas, 36 inches clearance in front of electrical panels)
  • Exit doors, hallways, aisles and other pathways of egress must be kept clear of obstructions.
  • Combustibles must be stored properly by not storing them in heating and mechanical room.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER CLASSIFICATIONS

A portable extinguisher must match the fire you’re fighting.  There are five classes of fires. Extinguishers are labeled with letters and symbols for the classes they can put out.