Whether you’re starting a new business or scaling up to a new building, there will be a getting-to-know-you period where you acclimate to the space. When it comes to fire response, don’t leave it to learning from your mistakes. Taking these steps now ensures you can get back to business as usual after a fire—or maybe even prevent it entirely.
Install a smoke detector in every hallway and every room with a manual trigger for the alarms. This way if detectors fail or someone notices a fire before your system does, you’re not bereft of options.
You might have town ordinances or zoning to consider. Contact your local fire department or fire protection company San Diego CA to learn what your fire codes are so you can keep everyone safe as can be—and avoid costly fines.
Plan It Out
Create an evacuation route. Run drills regularly so everyone gets in the habit of following it when the alarms sound, and post a map of it prominently on or near exits for visitors to follow.
You should have a fire extinguisher on every floor, stationed near the stairwells. You may even need more than one, depending on your building’s size. If you are dealing with dangerous or costly materials a sprinkler system might be an added layer of protection you want, as they can drench an entire floor in seconds.
Don’t operate machinery past its recommended speed or capacity and don’t overload outlets or power strips. Chaotic “hacking” of outlets isn’t just unsightly, it’s a fire waiting to happen.
Keep Everything Tidy
You don’t have to be a minimalist, just be mindful of the accumulation of waste or unorganized materials. Depending on what it is, it may act as fuel in a fire. Excessive amounts of clutter in or around your structure can also prevent escape, prevent access to things like fire hydrants and trap rescuers inside the structure.
Remember, don’t think of these things as chores but self-care. You’ll thank yourself later for preparedness today.