Ringing in the new year is the perfect time to review your business's policies and procedures and improve them -- including fire safety practices and systems. Ensuring your business has the fire safety protection it needs can help prevent damage or loss and ultimately save lives.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that well over 3,000 office fires occur in the US each year. In these fires, several people are injured or killed, causing an estimated $112 million in property damage.
It's up to business owners to ensure the safety of their employees and customers and to protect their business's equipment and property from the dangers of workplace fires. Use the checklist below as a guide to help your business achieve 2020 NFPA compliance.
Does your company have industry-specific compliance requirements? Frontier Fire can help Colorado businesses meet their NFPA and OSHA compliance obligations. Call us or contact us online for a free consultation.
Fire and Smoke Alarms
- Conduct regular inspections of your building's fire and smoke alarms, and run scheduled tests of all fire detection systems.
- Many businesses like the efficiency of wireless fire alarm monitoring. If you're interested in installing it for your business, ask us for more information.
- Create an emergency evacuation plan and ensure all employees receive training on executing the plan.
Test Fire Extinguishers and Suppression Systems
- Perform scheduled tests of all fire extinguishers to ensure proper function and pressure.
- Schedule regular maintenance of all fire suppression equipment.
- Store fire extinguishers in well-marked, easily accessible areas.
- Install emergency lighting throughout the building to illuminate pathways to safety for evacuation in a fire emergency.
- Conduct scheduled maintenance and inspections of all emergency lights.
Provide First Aid Kits
- First aid kits should be accessible throughout the building.
- Replace or refresh first aid supplies regularly.
Provide Fire Safety Training
- Provide comprehensive fire safety, fire suppression, and first aid training for employees. Your company's compliance requirements may mandate specific training for key employees.
- Employee fire safety training reduces the likelihood of smaller fires growing and causing more damage.
Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Remind employees to REACT:
- Remove from danger (evacuate unsafe areas)
- Ensure doors and windows are closed
- Activate a fire alarm
- Call 911
- Treat the situation as dangerous
Additionally, your emergency evacuation plan should include several fire-prevention tasks:
- Conduct fire safety drills
- Conduct regular inspections of all fire safety equipment
- Train employees on the correct use of fire suppression equipment
Fire Protection Systems and Services from Frontier Fire
Frontier Fire provides Colorado businesses and commercial properties with fire safety equipment, training, and on-site consulting to improve your fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures. We provide professional installation of fire safety and fire suppression equipment to help you remain OSHA and NFPA compliant. Frontier Fire has served Colorado businesses since 1960.
Please contact us online or call Frontier Fire today at 303-629-0221 to schedule an appointment with a professional fire safety expert. We can help your business meet all fire safety and regulatory compliance requirements.