Fire Prevention Strategies

Fire Prevention Strategies

Business fires, particularly large factory, warehouse and industrial complex blazes can be devastating to the business directly involved, to neighbouring businesses and depending on the nature of the fire, across a much wider area.

Insurance covers you for loss, but adopting some key actions is the smart way to prevent and minimise the impact.

  • Clean up rubbish both around the outside of your premises and inside all areas of the business. Don’t leave bins open and overflowing.
  • Strictly enforce No Smoking policies and ensure smokers fully butt-out and dispose of butts carefully.
  • Ensure all your fire equipment and alarms are compliant, regularly checked and working.
  • Ensure all your staff are trained in using your fire equipment and everyone knows your procedure in case of fire.
  • Workplace kitchens: ensure all appliances are compliant and turned off at the end of the day.
  • Check that your neighbours’ premises are fire compliant with the correct equipment installed and operational. A fire at their place could impact yours!
  • Know where your neighbours house their fire equipment in case you need to access it.
  • Take special care with storage and handling of combustible and flammable materials. If unsure – ASK!!
  • Heaters are a major cause of house fires but also pose a risk in business premises. Ensure staff turn them off at the end of their working period –preferably at the power point.
  • Keep gutters clear of leaves and debris that may be ignited by embers from a nearby fire.
  • Had your electrical wiring checked lately? With many businesses installing new systems – broadband cabling, CCTV, electronics etc – by outside contractors, it’s smart to get a trusted electrical contractor to give your entire system an overall check to ensure there are no potential risks.
  • Don’t overload electrical circuits!!
  • Regularly check ceiling and roof spaces to ensure they are clear of rubbish and debris.
  • Check out Workplace Fire Safety at www.fire.nsw.gov.au

Contact your local fire station and/or Ausfire on 1300 287 347 to discuss specific fire prevention strategies for your business.

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