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Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Norman

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Commercial Fire Tips So Your Business and Money Don't Go Up in Smoke

Suggestions from SERVPRO to Prevent Commercial Fires in Norman

Substantial fire damage in Norman  Commercial buildings and retail stores are environments where outbreaks of fires occur with too much frequency. When we talk about fire prevention and fire safety, it usually revolves around a house, keeping it intact and secure. The protection of our family is always paramount, so we practice fire drills and exit strategies just in case of a fire damaging event. But what about fire safety in a Norman commercial business setting? SERVPRO offers fire prevention tips for businesses and discusses ways to avoid fire damage at work.

Commercial Fire Damage Tips. Keep employees, co-workers, and customers safe by preventing a fire from breaking out at your place of business. Also, we will discuss some tips to help reduce fire damage and property loss in an office environment.

Preventing Workplace Fires. There are many threats to a business owner's livelihood and safety– some preventable and others not. Though every fire cannot be prevented, there are some steps you and your employees can take to reduce the risk of a fire starting in the workplace.

Electrical fires make up a sizable percentage of reported fire outbreaks each year and, regarding property damage, are among the most costly. Fortunately, electrical fires are one of the most preventable types. For starters, never overload an electrical outlet or power strip. Stay within the parameters of amperage allotted to your business establishment. If more juice is necessary, SERVPRO suggests that you hire an electrician to boost the electrical load. Outlets are made to handle specific workloads, and the more electronics you plug into them, the higher the risk of a fire-causing power overload. Heavy appliances, such as photocopiers, break room refrigerators, and large numbers of computers or servers can draw large amounts of current. Never plug more than one major appliance into an outlet, as you run the risk of overloading the circuits.

Flammable material and chemicals should always be secured in well-ventilated storage areas away from electrical outlets, power strips, and areas that experience higher-than-normal levels of heat, such as an oven or water heater. Clutter, in general, creates a large fire hazard, since it can act as fuel for fire and rapidly spread flames. A messy office can also prevent access to emergency exits at work, making it difficult for employees and customers to evacuate and difficult for emergency workers to perform rescue and fire extinguishing efforts. Always keep entry and exit points clear. The same goes for electrical panels – if an electrical fire occurs, you will want to shut off power immediately. If the electrical panel is blocked, the fire will have time to spread before you can turn off the electricity.

Be sure to schedule time with your local fire marshal to inspect fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and fire suppressant sprinklers on a regular basis. Of course, no amount of preparation and care can guarantee 100% prevention of fire damage  in your workplace in Norman. Have SERVPRO on your speed dial for immediate response to any commercial fire damaging event.

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