Top Tips to Avoiding the Flames in Your Business
By Angela Sanders Thursday, March 13 2014 @ 12:51 AM EDT
You’re probably well aware of this, but fires are a dangerous thing. You’d think that’d go without saying by now, but a number of people seem to have missed the memo. Indeed, even some fire stations have fallen foul of poor fire safety.
As reported by the BBC, a fire station in Norfolk was recently burned to a cinder and, in the hunt through the wreckage, was found to have no sprinklers or alarms. It’s a shocking story that shows how even the professionals can underestimate the power of flames.
Just imagine if your business had the same level of complacency in its efforts for fire safety. You’d be ruined if a fire started on your premises.
Really, there should be no stone left unturned when it comes to protecting your business, so follow a few of these tips to beat the burn.
Contain the blast
Have you ever watched the film Backdraft?
It’s the thrilling tale of a group of intrepid firefighters, but it also managed to raise awareness about the seriousness of fire explosions.
Essentially, it showed that fire doesn’t burn through your house; it rages. If it ploughs its way towards your oven or any other gas-powered devices, the explosion that follows could prove fatal.
The only effective way to protect yourself from this – apart from avoiding a fire in the first place – is to set up effective blast barriers on your premises. Metal shields placed within your walls can decrease the impact of a fire blast and, in turn, save your life.
Sprinkler systems can stop fires in their tracks before they spread further. When calibrated correctly, they’ll be able to detect smoke and flames, extinguishing them before they reach boiling point.
The only thing to be conscious of with sprinklers is that some electrical appliances might react adversely to water, exacerbating the fire and maybe even causing an explosion. So place sprinklers strategically and you’ll be able to stop those flames from licking up the walls.
Plan for a great escape
If a fire does break out, the best advice isn’t to simply RUN, but to plan ahead with your most effective exit strategy.
Like the best plans, you should be able to tackle your exit strategy calmly and carefully, no matter how threatening the flames might seem. Know every potential exit inside-out and ensure clean and clear walkways to avoid tripping up on objects during your escape.