While the temperatures cool down, a property manager's to-do list heats up more than ever, and fire prevention is no exception to that crucial maintenance.
As we turn to our heating systems for the first time this season, October will be the most prevalent month for indoor fires without preventative measures in place. Fall fires occur far too often, and can cause structural instability, electrical hazards, dangerous toxins, and smoke damage that devastate your building.
The Fire Marshal recommends these techniques to prevent commercial fires and maintain a safe, healthy environment this season:
- Clear paths of egress and ensure all exit doors can be opened easily and quickly.
- Check the working order of exit, emergency, and backup lighting, emergency lighting.
- Maintain unobstructed fire sprinklers with regular inspections and a proper water supply.
- Make sure fire extinguishers are readily available and frequently maintained.
- Store any combustible liquids properly in a fireproof cabinet.
- Keep in line with maximum occupancy limits to ensure safety in an evacuation.
- Use extension cords correctly, including limiting outlets to only one extension.
- Make sure electrical panels are unobstructed and a safe distance from flammable materials.
- Have your HVAC system serviced, cleaned, and cleared of debris.
Commercial fires not only bring destruction to your business operations and financial stability, but employee and guest safety can be extremely compromised.
With over 25 years of experience, we are experts in commercial reconstruction, considering business operations to ensure minimal interruptions while we restore your structure. Should an incident occur, DANE's project management team will respond immediately to assess the damage, stabilize the structure, and create a comprehensive plan for efficient recovery, caring for all of your property restoration needs.