As a building owner, controlling everything that happens to your property is not possible. However, there are different ways to plan for issues that may arise in order to keep your property and tenants as safe as possible. This will save you from a potential lawsuit in the process.
As we move from season to season, it’s the perfect time to renew your fire safety plan for your building. As winter turns to spring and summer, we will spend more time outside, which means bonfires, barbecues, and camping – all ways for fires to begin.
Landlords can use this time as the perfect segway to review all the fire prevention rules and regulations on the property and talk to tenants about fire safety.
Commercial Fire Prevention Tips
On average, a fire will take the life of seven people each day in the United States. Having a plan in place and knowing the causes for these fires can help with fire prevention in the first place.
Build an evacuation plan and have it posted in common areas
If you own an apartment building or rent a space for any reason, an evacuation plan should be placed in common areas where people have access to see and review it at any time they desire. All emergency exits should be clearly marked. These plans should be checked regularly to make sure they are accurate and still readable.
Install proper fire detection equipment
Fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors – all of these need to be installed and tested on a regular basis. If these are not tested, you run the risk of them not working properly when they are most needed. In addition to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in all areas as well.
Review all fire codes and ensure equipment is up to code
Fire inspectors will do surprise visits. Be certain that all equipment is up to code and make sure you aren’t breaking any rules that may prevent you from being covered by insurance.
If your building has outdoor areas, write policies pertaining to fire pits and grills
All propane tanks must be checked for leaks. Tenants must be informed clearly that grills and fire pits should not be left unattended for any reason. All equipment must be locked up when not in use to prevent non-tenants from using them.
Build a no smoking policy into your rental and lease agreements
There can be dedicated areas outside the building where smoking is allowed, but smoking inside the space is not a great idea due to the risks that come with lit cigarettes or cigars.
What To Do If Fire Damage Occurs
Even with an iron-clad fire prevention plan, fire damage can still happen and cause major damage to your building. This might seem like the end of the world, but in actuality, with the right restoration company at your side, it is possible to bring your building back to normal quickly.
At McMahon Services, our smoke and fire damage specialists work hard to make you feel like your loss never happened. We will work hand in hand with you, your insurance company, and more to get your business back up and running. Call us 24/7 to start restoration services today.