At Gateway Fire Supplies, we supply the best-of-breed equipment to our customers, so we care deeply for the well-being of your organization and it’s patrons; if they are under your roof, their safety is in your hands. So even though we supply to everything from schools and restaurants to manufacturing plants and construction companies, we see the need for every kind of business to be ready for an emergency. So heading into the New Year, we suggest your resolution should be updating your fire protection plan. Here, we offer tips on how to look at the essentials of your organization’s procedures and how you can update them in 2017:
Assessment of fire hazard risks, based on your business
There are some businesses with greater fire risks than others, but almost none of them are without risk at all. This is why you should always have a professional assess your property so that they can tell you exactly what things pose a threat and the proper prevention methods; they have an eye for that sort of thing. In order to comply with strict fire safety protocols, sometimes a fire marshal is necessary or your building’s property manager will have insight.
Do you have the correct fire protection equipment installed?
Once all of the threats are assessed, you can begin getting the right equipment necessary to prevent those dangers. One of the most important being the fire extinguisher: it is crucial to have the correct foam concentrate to combat the type of fire that could erupt. Take a look at our Fire Extinguisher Type selection guide to see whether you are at risk for a class A, B, C, D or K fire. Paying attention to the type of fire, how it begins and how it can spread all affect the type of equipment that you need, so do your research.
Emergency Plans and Safety Training
The best fire protection is preparedness! We cannot stress that enough. For example, once you have the fire extinguisher in place, do your employees actually know how to work it? Setting up fire safety training helps prepare people for any emergency instead of panicking when it actually happens. Additionally, an evacuation plan is necessary. This goes beyond just running to the nearest fire exit; think about things like having a chain of command to direct people, designating routes for people to follow to avoid traffic jams, establishing procedures for handicapped employees…etc… Having knowledgeable employees could mean the difference between your business getting damaged or, worse… life or death.
Schedule your equipment inspections right now!
Set your inspections plan right now for the rest of the year. Even though you have done all of the above tips and have all of the right equipment, it means nothing if they are not working properly. A professional can come in and inspect everything at least once annually, but know the tests that you can do yourself to check equipment every quarter or so. Be sure to update any fire extinguishers & sprinkler systems if a defect occurs. If you are proactive now and set up a routine for your business, it will be easier and safer for everyone involved as the years go on.
The New Year gives you great opportunity to take action! Update your fire protection plan today and have a safer tomorrow. We’ve got the equipment! Contact us for any of your needs.