When you own a business, you have two choices. You can either decide to invest money in replacing stolen goods, or to invest money in a nice security system. When I first started my business, I decided to ignore security measures altogether, which caused me to net a loss for the year. However, after a suggestion from my mentor, I decided that it might be wise to install a nice security system. You wouldn't believe how much better things got. Within a few weeks, theft was almost completely eliminated. My blog is all about helping you to tighten up security measures.
If you have a business, you know that having a working fire alarm system is essential to protecting your property and your employees. In most localities, the fire inspector will perform an annual inspection of your system to ensure that it's working properly and that it is being maintained. If you're getting ready for an inspection, here are some things to look for so you can be sure that you're in compliance.
Providing Proper Exit Areas
The fire inspector will make sure that you have ample routes of exit throughout the building. Make sure that all of your exit doors are clearly marked with exit signs. Check around the doors to ensure that there is nothing blocking them so people can easily escape in the event of a fire. Check the doors to see if they're opening properly, and correct any problems with the doors before the inspection. You should also look to ensure that there are no combustible materials out in the open, particularly near the exit doors.
Check Your Fire Related Devices
Go through the building and make sure that all fire extinguishers are full. If they are getting low, you can replace them or have them refilled. Fire extinguishers should be in the break room or kitchen, the warehouse, and several should also be located throughout the building hallways.
Make sure that all smoke detectors have fresh batteries and that your current alarm system is in working condition. If you use a professional fire alarm monitoring company like Schmidt Security Pro-Since 1976, make sure you have all of the up-to-date maintenance paperwork easily accessible in case the inspector needs to see that you're getting the equipment maintained in a timely manner. This also applies to any heat-producing appliances you use including ovens or stoves, water heaters, and furnaces.
Give Access To Firefighters
Many localities require businesses to have easily visible address numbers on the outside of the building. This is so that firefighters can locate your building quickly and easily. You should also make sure that there is a main point of entry to your building for emergency workers so they can get inside quickly in the event of a fire. Ask your local fire department if they can provide you with special lock boxes. These boxes are mounted to the outside of the building and hold a master key to your business that can only be opened by firefighters so they can get inside quickly when no one is there. Taking proactive steps will help you pass a fire department inspection, and can help to ensure the safety of everyone in case a fire were to occur.Share