Taking Steps to Prevent a Fire

Fire is one of natures most unpredictable and devastating forces. As a business owner you want to be aware of all Orlando Business Risks and be prepared in the event of a fire so as to avoid losing your entire business and limit the liability of employee loss.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires businesses with more than 10 employees to have a written fire prevention plan that is kept on the worksite for all employees to be able to review. This written plan must include lists of major fire hazards, instructions on proper handling of hazardous material, type of fire protection that can be found and procedures for maintenance of heat producing equipment. Along with the OSHA regulations, there are some simple things that can help in fire prevention.

Smoke Alarms- Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the building. Batteries should be tested monthly and replaced annually. Contact your local fire department for fire alarm requirements.

Evacuation Plan- Have a plan set up so that you know what to do if a fire does occur. Know at least two possible routes out of the building. Set up a designated meeting area for employees to gather and check to ensure everyone made it out safely. Practice evacuation at least twice a year.

Fire Extinguishers/ Sprinklers- Fire extinguishers are a great tool to help put out small fires or help to control large fires until the fire department can arrive, however, the main concern is getting everyone out of the building safely. A properly working fire sprinkler system can cut the risk of dying in a fire or of property loss in a fire by half. Employers should have these systems regularly serviced so that when the time comes to need them, they will work properly.

Contingency Plan- In the event that a fire does occur, as an employer, you want to know what information is important for the continuation of your business. Have plans in place to protect and restore all important, information such as client lists, business contracts and insurance details.

If a fire does occur you want to be able to count on your preparation and planning to help suffer as little loss as possible.

At Newman Crane & Associates Insurance, we understand how important it is to keep your company and your employees safe. Call today for information on our insurance plans. 407.859.3691