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Some Clever Ideas for Fire Preparation

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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A fire can strike anytime in Lacey, WA. Therefore, it stands to reason that fire preparation should be an integral part of your company's business plan. A few clever moves now could save your company a lot of time, trouble and money later. You might even be able to avert a business fire altogether. The basics of preparation include three items: fire extinguishers on site, fire alarms in working condition and a fire sprinkler system. These elements are just the beginning. Other essential steps include taking advice from local fire departments and partnering with a local fire remediation team to help with recovery after a fire.

Additional Mitigation Actions

Strong disaster preparation includes looking at your insurance coverage to make sure it is adequate for your needs. It can be smart to insure to replacement cost and to add a business interruption policy. The following fire preparation actions are also worth considering:

  • Inventory all essential equipment
  • Store vital records in a separate location
  • Educate employees about disaster recovery
  • Complete a company risk analysis
  • Develop an emergency plan and practice it
  • Maintain a list of suppliers and vendors

All of these actions can help a company recover quickly from widespread fire damage. Even reducing your recovery time by a couple of days could save the company thousands of dollars in lost income.

Additional Considerations
Solid fire preparation is an ongoing process. Fire extinguishers need to be checked on a regular basis and fire alarms need to be inspected and tested at least once a year. Employee training should be conducted as often as is practicable. Key personnel should know how to operate a fire extinguisher. All employees should know where to evacuate to in the case of a fire. Employees should also be informed not to use an elevator in an active fire and to avoid entering rooms that have hot door handles. Smart preparation can save lives and property.

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