While certain behaviors or circumstances increase a business’s risk of fire damage, fires can affect anyone. Shorted electricity and lightning strikes, for example, can happen no matter what kind of business you operate. Luckily, there are some preventive measures anyone can take to minimize the chances of fire damage:
- Make sure your fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and maintained according to local fire code.
- Train employees in proper use of fire extinguishers.
- If you own a restaurant, make sure you have a UL 300-compliant wet chemical fire suppression system and follow the NFPA 96 standard for ventilation and fire protection.
- Keep commercial cooking and manufacturing equipment clean. This may mean hiring a third-party cleaning contractor to make sure it doesn’t get put off indefinitely.
- Ban risky electrical appliances (like space heaters) and keep others (coffeemakers, toasters, etc.) away from paper piles and other flammables.
- Always maintain two exits. Keep emergency exit doors open and accessible.
- If you’re in a part of the country where wildfires happen, trim brush and trees near your building.