Despite all the building codes put into place to protect your commercial building, fires still happen. And when they do, they can put your tenants at serious risk, not to mention cost you a lot of money. In 2015 alone, there were an estimated 113,500 fires in non-residential structure fires, according to research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association. Those fires resulted in 1,425 injuries, 80 fatalities, and $3.1 billion in damages.
To make matters worse, when a structural fire occurs, it affects not only your tenants and the commercial building itself but also the components within. Depending on the types of tenants you have, this may mean damage to or loss of personal possessions, equipment, inventory, and materials necessary to operate a business. There is only good value in having a fire prevention plan for you and tenants.
A Protection Plan to Prevent Commercial Property Fires
Safeguarding your commercial building and properties may require extra time. And since time is money in the business world, taking extra steps could affect your daily profits. However, the extra effort required is definitely marginal when compared to the extreme consequences and costs that come coupled with a fire. Choose the route to being proactive using the steps below. You’ll find knowing that you and your tenants are protected is truly priceless.
Reduce fire hazards. There are a number of ways fires can start inside commercial properties. This includes electrical issues, poorly maintained machinery, careless cooking, unsupervised candle use, cigarette smoking, and improper storage of flammable and combustible materials. Educating your tenants on proper fire prevention methods is key. Additionally, routinely inspect your commercial properties to eliminate any potential fire hazards both inside and outside the property.
Install and maintain current safety equipment. A small fire can turn into a big fire very quickly. Well-maintained fire alarm and sprinkler systems can help to mitigate fire damage. Inspect the systems regularly and install fire extinguishers throughout the property as an added aid. For specific precautions to take pertinent to your building, seek out the advice of your local fire department.
Implement fire emergency procedures. If you don’t already have one in place, create a fire safety plan for your commercial property, which includes escape routes, tenant accountability measures, an emergency responder plan, and a safety point person. Be sure to review and update it often to make sure contact information is current. Be sure to practice the plan. A fire drill may be annoying to tenants, but they’ll know what to do should a fire occur.
A fire prevention plan is the best way to avoid fire and smoke from adversely affecting tenants and commercial buildings. Know that help is available to restore your property and your tenants’ to pre-loss condition if a fire occurs. From repairing structural damage to removing smoke odors, our restoration professionals can provide the remediation services you need.
Damages Caused By Fire
Has your commercial property or business suffered fire damage? Our Fire Damage Restoration Specialists are just a phone call away to help. At McMahon Services and Construction, our trained experts are able to handle the entire fire cleanup and restoration process. We provide services 24/7 to customers in the Chicago, Evanston, Grayslake, Wheaton, Naperville, Waukegan, Schaumburg, and surrounding IL service areas.