Keep your business safe from a serious fire.
While you might already have the right fire detection systems installed at your place of business, this isn’t enough to completely eradicate your company’s fire risks. You would also do well to learn about common workplace fire hazards and take steps to prevent them. Here are some common fire risks that you should be on the lookout for.
Surprisingly, cooking equipment is one of the most common causes of commercial fires. While this makes sense in restaurants or other businesses in the food service industry, cooking equipment is also a major fire risk in other businesses. If you have cooking equipment in your employee breakroom (microwaves, hotplates, toaster ovens, electric tea kettles, etc.), it’s important that your employees are using these items safely and for their designed purpose. Additionally, it’s important to make sure that these various cooking appliances are turned off and completely cool before leaving your workplace. Finally, keeping flammable items away from cooking equipment will help you mitigate your business’s fire risk.
The failure or malfunction of electrical and lighting equipment is another major cause of fire for businesses in all industries. Training your staff is one of the best ways to prevent fires of this nature. For instance, your employees should know how to safely and properly use workplace equipment. Additionally, they should also be trained to notice potential electrical issues such as frayed or damaged wiring, malfunctioning lighting fixtures, and broken equipment. As a business owner, it’s also important that you regularly conduct workplace safety inspections to check for these potential electrical issues. If you do notice problems, then make sure you address them as quickly as possible. This will prevent minor electrical malfunctions from turning into a major fire at your place of business.
These are some of the major workplace fire hazards that you need to watch out for. Want another way to keep your business safe? Make sure you have the proper commercial insurance protections in place. For assistance with all your business insurance needs, contact the experts at Gant Insurance Agency in McKinney, Texas today.