Fire Tips

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Emergency Preparedness: Before a Fire
  • Establish a fire preparedness plan that takes prevention, response and recovery into consideration.
  • Conduct a fire safety appraisal of your facilities and operations.
  • Develop smoking regulations (smoking is a major cause of all fires).
  • If you have flammable gasses or liquids, make sure you have safe procedures for handling them.
  • If your business involves hot work (e.g., welding) make sure safety rules are in effect.
  • Employ good housekeeping methods; do not allow trash and rubbish to accumulate.
  • Make sure your facilities meet current fire codes.
  • Have in place a preventive maintenance program for any operational equipment that may pose a fire hazard.
  • Install and maintain fire detection systems (alarms, etc.) and fire suppression systems (fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, etc.) in your facilities.
  • Test all detection and suppression equipment per local and national fire codes.
  • Ensure that there is an adequate water supply for sprinkler systems.
  • Meet with your local fire department to exchange information.
  • Keep a list of key customers and all vendors telephone numbers in a secure location.
  • Provide an alert and warning system for all your employees.
  • Plan fire evacuation routes, mark them clearly and train and drill employees in using them.
  • Make sure stairways are not blocked.
  • Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and not locked.
Emergency Response: During a Fire
  • Identify the affected area and sound the alarm.
  • Call the fire department.
  • Evacuate everyone.
  • Have someone at your front entrance to meet, brief and escort the fire department.
  • Do not use elevators.
Emergency Recovery: After a Fire
  • If appropriate, conduct a roll call of all personnel.
  • Assess the facility for damage.
  • Inspect all utilities and turn off those that are damaged.
  • Protect equipment and inventory against further damage from water or exposure to the elements.
  • If necessary, arrange for security at the scene.
  • Photograph or videotape the damage and document it.
  • Notify your insurance company.
  • Begin your salvage operations.