Fires can occur for a number of reasons, and keeping your employees safe is an important concern. Having the right equipment and a plan for fire safety can help to keep your staff safe in the event of a fire. Here are a few things to consider as you create a fire safety plan in your building.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Not everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher, and even those who do might become panicked at the sight of a fire. Consider hosting a fire extinguisher training seminar to walk your staff through the basics of using this type of fire suppression equipment.
You should provide them with a map of where every fire extinguisher is located, and create maps in each room of your building that indicate the exact location of the extinguishers. This can help your employees find them in the event of an emergency. You may also want to add a sign to the wall next to each fire extinguisher with easy-to-follow instructions for an added safety measure.
It's a good idea to practice evacuating your building so that if a fire does occur, everyone knows where to go. Consider both planned and unplanned drills to keep everyone ready for an emergency, and appoint fire captains who can help to direct people in the event of a fire. These captains should be able to speak loudly and clearly so everyone can hear the instructions. Invest in a jacket or vest the captains can keep at their desks so they can quickly slip it on as they evacuate their office or cubicle. This jacket or vest will help to make each captain more visible to the rest of your staff.
Have Your Building Inspected
Your local fire marshal may perform occasional fire safety checks, but performing your own can help to keep you on top of your fire safety plan. Have your extinguishers checked for expiration dates and have each emergency exit inspected for hazards. You may find that people have stacked boxes in stairwells or in front of doors that are needed for your fire evacuation route. You may also find that your emergency exit lighting isn't working properly. Keeping all of these items maintained can help to ensure everyone's safety should a fire break out.
Talk to your staff regularly about fire safety, and make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. With the right planning and equipment, you can feel more confident that your staff will remain safe during a potential fire. To learn more, contact services such as Amerisafe.