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.