As a building owner, you cannot control everything that happens on your property. However, there are measures that you can put in place to keep your property, and tenants, as safe as possible, and helping you keep yourself free from lawsuits in the process.
As we move into the autumn season, it’s the perfect time to review your fire safety plans in your buildings. Fall brings about cooler weather, bonfires, and space heaters, both of which are prime ways for fires to begin.
Landlords can use this change of season as the perfect time to review all commercial fire prevention rules and regulations in the property, and educate tenants on the importance of fire safety.
Commercial Fire Prevention Tips
Did you know that on average, seven people die in a fire each day in the United States? Having a plan in place and knowing what the typical causes of fires in residential and commercial buildings are can help prevent a fire from occurring in the first place. It can also help you be prepared with an escape route should the worst happen.
Have an evacuation plan prepared and posted in common areas.
In apartment buildings or office spaces, fire escape plans should be placed in common areas where people have access to see and review all emergency exits available to them in case of a fire. These images should be checked regularly to make sure they are still accurate, as well as still readable.
Review all fire codes and verify that all equipment is up to code.
Pay attention to all local fire codes. Have an inspector visit your building to ensure you are not breaking rules or standards that may prevent you from being covered by insurance should a fire break out.
Install proper fire detection equipment.
Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems should all be installed and tested on a regular basis. If the equipment is not tested, there is no guarantee that it will work when it is needed most. In addition to smoke detectors, install carbon monoxide alarms as well.
For apartment buildings with outdoor common areas, be certain that you lay out strict rules pertaining to grills and fire pits.
You may consider not allowing either of these things all together. If you do allow them, make sure tenants check all propane tanks for leaks, and that they understand grills and fire pits are not to be left unattended for any reason. Also require they be locked up when not in use to prevent non tenants from using them.
Enforce no smoking policies inside your buildings.
You can have dedicated areas a proper distance outside your building. There should be no smoking allowed inside the office or apartment space. The outside area should also be outfitted with proper disposal receptacles that are emptied on a regular basis.
What To Do If Fire Damage Occurs
Even with the best planning a fire can still break out causing major damage to your building. While this may seem like the end of the world, at McMahon Services, we know how to respond to commercial fire damage emergencies and the importance of getting your building back to normal as quickly as possible.
Our smoke and fire damage team works hard to make you feel like your loss never happened. We’ll work hand in hand with you, your insurance company, contractor, etc. to get your business back up and running.
We offer 24/7 emergency services, and are here to help now. Call us for more information today.