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The 3 Ps of Fire Preparation

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flames and a fire escape sign. Any business fire can be scary but being prepared can help the situation remain calm and keep people safe.

Business owners in Whitemarsh, PA, understand the importance of being prepared for anything. While one hopes a storm or business fire won’t cause damage, the unthinkable can happen. Even if the worst doesn’t happen, it’s important to have strategies in place that cover the three Ps to ensure everyone is safe and minimal asset damage happens: Prevent, Plan and Protect.

The best way to avoid a business fire is to take preventive measures that reduce the chances of one happening. General fire preparation tips include:

Use only one power cord per outlet that is away from a heat or water source. Ensure any three-pronged plugs are not broken.
Extension cord use should be limited and a short-term solution.
Inspect regularly used tools and equipment that use electricity. Any damage reduces the integrity of the item.

Keep equipment clean to ensure proper airflow and heat dissipation.
Ensure any equipment used is rated for the wattage available.
Verify fuses are the correct size and properly inserted.
Regularly check outlets for excessive heat. If one seems hotter than normal, it could indicate a wiring issue.

Fire damage can be arduous to cleanup. Developing a fire plan can help the process go more smoothly for restoration professionals. The first step is assessing the risk. A fire department representative can be contacted for a risk assessment. The next step is to ensure protective equipment is available and operational. If the building has a sprinkler system, keep it maintained and have it inspected annually. Ensure the facility has ample smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and check them regularly.

If a business fire breaks out, you are responsible for ensuring everyone’s safety. Develop an emergency plan and communicate it clearly with employees, customers, and vendors. Consider appointing someone as a safety officer to ensure a smooth evacuation in case of a fire. Ensure emergency and first aid kits are easily accessible.

Any business fire can be scary but being prepared can help the situation remain calm and keep people safe.

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