If you’re like most people, you probably think that a fire emergency is something that only happens to other people. But fire can happen to anyone at any time—and it’s important to be prepared for it.
Fire is a terrifying and dangerous disaster, but it doesn’t have to be a complete catastrophe. If you take the right precautions and follow these tips, you can protect your business, and employees from the damage fire can do.
This guide will walk you through everything from how to prepare for a fire emergency to what to do once it’s put out.
What to do during a fire emergency?
Fire is a dangerous and unpredictable phenomenon. It can strike anywhere, at any time, and it can cause damage to your property that is difficult to repair. The best way to protect yourself from fire is to be prepared for it. There are things you should remember to protect yourself and your property during a fire emergency:
- Make sure everyone knows where the fire escape route is and how to use it.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. The most basic way to protect yourself and your property during a fire emergency is with a fire extinguisher.
- Never use an elevator during a fire—it could malfunction and trap you inside the building.
- If you smell smoke or see flickering lights, get out immediately! Don’t wait for an alarm to sound—get out now!
- Stay low and crawl under smoke when exiting the building. If possible, try to make sure someone follows behind you to make sure no one gets left behind or separated from their group during evacuation procedures (especially children).
- If there’s no other way out of your business property besides through front door (which is often blocked by smoke), go through windows instead!
What to remember in case of fire at your business?
If a fire breaks out, you will have only minutes to escape, and you should use those minutes wisely. It’s easy to forget what you need to do when the fires are raging, and the smoke is thick. That’s why we’re here to help you make sure that you have a plan for what to do in case of a fire—and that it’s an effective one. Here are the top five things to keep in mind:
Create a Plan
Having a plan in place for fire protection at business is important. If this kind of emergency breaks out, you should know what to do and where to go in case of fire. Having a plan ensures that if there is an emergency, you’ll have the best chance of getting out safely before the situation gets worse. It will also be much easier to stay calm and help others if a fire occurs.
Know Your Local Fire Hazards
The next thing to do is learn about your area’s local fire hazards. You should know what the fire hazards are in your area, such as how to spot them and what to do if they happen. You should also know which things in your building are more likely to cause fires, such as smoking materials or electrical appliances. You should also know what kind of fire extinguisher is best for different kinds of fires, so you can quickly put them out if one starts up unexpectedly.
Understand The Best Evacuation Route
If there is an emergency, everyone must know how they’re going to get out safely without getting lost or hurt in any way. Knowing which exit leads where will help you get out fast if something happens at company. Make sure all your employees knows where this exit is as well so that everyone can get out safely when needed. If possible, keep a list of all exits near each room so that everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency like this one.
Get a Fire Extinguisher
One of the most important things to do in case of a fire is to get a fire extinguisher. A fire extinguisher is essential to any safety plan, especially if you don’t have a sprinkler system in place. The best thing about fire extinguishers is that they are usually inexpensive, so every business can afford one. They are also very easy to use. Therefore, if there is a fire at your business property, it’s best to have an extinguisher handy.
Have Fire Alarms Installed
A fire alarm and fire detection can save your life and the lives of your employees. It will alert you to a fire, giving you time to safely get out of the building and call 911. Some people may think that it’s not necessary because they already have smoke detectors installed inside their building, but these smoke detectors may not always be able to detect fires fast enough before they spread throughout the whole business property.
Make Sure You Have a Plan
You can protect yourself and your property during an emergency by having a plan. Mid-South Fire Solutions is a fire and life safety contractor you can trust for your fire protection needs. We offer solutions for your business that are designed to keep you safe from fire.
Contact us today at 318-226-9821 to learn more about our services and see how we can help your business stay safe.