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Fire Hazard: Keeping Customers Safe In Environments That Are Prone To Fires

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Fire has long been a blessing and curse for humanity. Without fire, it would be impossible for humans to have developed large and intelligent brains, and it’s easy to see how much of society is shaped by this elemental force. Of course, though, fire can also be incredibly destructive. It is very important for businesses that operate in areas that are prone to fires to be careful to ensure that their customers and employees are safe. To help you out with this, this article will be exploring some of the best ways to keep your business safe from fire.

Clear Procedures

Having the right procedures in place can make all the difference during an emergency like a fire. It’s crucial that your employees are trained to help customers to get out of the building before anything else happens, with clearly marked escape routes being made throughout your facility. In many cases, businesses will make sure that there are more fire exits that would ever be needed, ensuring that as much life as possible can be preserved during a major emergency.

Fire Suppressing Technology

Technology can be an extremely powerful tool when it comes to managing fires. Sprinkler systems have been around for a long time, though tools like this will only activate once an alarm has sounded. Regular fire alarms are excellent, but cameras can also be used for jobs like this nowadays. Modern CCTV often comes with the power to recognise things like fire, enabling them to provide an early-warning system in case your alarms don’t work as expected. Alongside this, fire doors, extinguishers, and a range of other tools can be used to suppress fires.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Fires can easily be caused when maintenance or cleaning are ignored. Take a fast-food restaurant, for example. After years of using the same fryers without cleaning their ducts, dust and grease will accumulate, creating a tinderbox that can easily be set alight. Companies like Deduct can help with this, providing you with both cleaning and maintenance services for the ducts within your business. Of course, though, this work should extend beyond ducts.

Legal Compliance

The law is often very clear when it comes to the rules you have to follow to avoid fires. While every country will have different rules, they will all have something in place to reduce the threat of fires. You will likely have to go through inspections to make sure that you are doing everything you need to, and it can help if you go above and beyond the legal requirements you have to follow. Laws are good, but they should be considered the bare minimum when it comes to risks like fire.

While fire is very useful, it can also cause untold damage. There are a lot of different types of business that can be at risk of this sort of event, and this is only becoming more prevalent as more and more companies rely on computers and other digital machines.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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