Fires can get out of control in as little as 6 seconds. Flammable liquids and fabrics can contribute to its spread, sometimes making it impossible for employees to safely leave the premises. Fire safety should be the cornerstone of every business practice. The safety of your employees MUST come first, and it takes knowledgeable professionals to give them the guidance they need in case a fire emergency breaks out. Furthermore, it’s imperative to have the right electrical equipment to sense the earliest stages of a fire. This will give your employees enough time to leave the building in an orderly fashion and reach safety. In this month’s blog, we’ll be discussing why fire safety is important and the tools and knowledge you need to keep your teammates safe.
Why Fire Safety is Important
Fire safety in the workplace is important because if a fire breaks out, everyone needs to have a clear understanding of what to do. When emergencies happen in crowded areas such as offices or other work-related facilities, adrenaline runs high and it’s easy to forget the proper protocol. By speaking with your teammates about proper fire safety and running drills with them regularly, you’ll give them the knowledge they need to act fast during an emergency.
Talk With Your Employees
The first thing you need to do is talk with your teammates about fire safety. Everyone should work together to ensure that no one is left behind if a fire breaks out. Fires don’t have feelings and won’t spare someone when the time comes, so it’s important that they understand the weight of the situation. Before you run drills, give them an idea of how vital it is for them to retain these protocols and to adhere to fire safety practices. Save the emails for work. Make sure to have a face-to-face conversation with them about these potential issues.
Every building is different and adheres to varying fire protocols. In the United States, all work facilities, especially large work buildings, are required by law to have emergency exit signs and fire safety protocols. In most cases, the building management will run the drills and provide each floor with specific instructions. If you are in a privately owned building, it’s up to you to create a fire safety protocol for your teammates. This usually consists of a plan for employees to line up or gather around specific stairwells or exits. Remember, elevators are off limits during a fire. It’s crucial everyone is aware of all the exits in the building, and make sure to run drills on a regular basis so it’s firmly planted in their minds what to do when a fire occurs.
Install a Proper Alarm System
Sometimes the safety of your employees is only as good as the fire alarms installed in your building. Fire alarms are designed to sense heat and/or smoke. Once it’s detected, an alarm will sound, hopefully giving you and your employees enough time to vacate the building. Make sure industry professionals install and check your system regularly to ensure it’s in working order when a disaster strikes. In recent years, fire alarms can be integrated with other essential alarm systems to give you total control over the safety of your employees and property.
Monitor Your Alarms
Seasoned alarm companies like Mesa Alarm Systems provide 24/7/365 monitoring of all fire and security alarms in your building. No matter the time of day, have peace of mind someone will notify you, and if needed, the local fire department will be on its way the moment an alarm sounds. When it comes to protecting your business, you need the best equipment and security professionals to look over your property while you’re at work or away. If you’d like to learn more about our commercial monitoring services, click here for more details.
The Mesa Advantage
Since 1991, Mesa Alarm Systems has been offering top-of-the-line fire safety products and monitoring services to keep small and big businesses safe. Our industry experts will work with you every step of the way to ensure your property and employees have a fighting chance if a fire breaks out. Our equipment is designed to sense the earliest stages of fire, and we are dedicated to saving lives by providing the best products in the business.
At Mesa Alarm Systems, Houston is our heart. We deeply care about this city and its workers and residents. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or speak to a representative directly by calling 281.694.4313. It’s our mission to provide the best in commercial and residential security to provide safety for your employees and loved ones. Call today to see the Mesa difference for yourself!
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