[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=””]O[/fusion_dropcap]ne of the top risks to any small business is fire. According to Insurance Journal, fire is one of the top five reasons for insurance claims. It’s also one of the most expensive, causing property damage, productivity loss, equipment failure, and hiked up insurance premiums. The financial burden of a fire can be enough to shut a small business’s doors for good. But common fire safety practices and employee training can help substantially reduce the possibility of an incident.

How Do Office Fires Start?

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year during the five-year period of 2007-2011.

What was the most common culprit? The report showed that cooking equipment caused more than one in every four office property fires (29%). This corresponding graph shows other common causes of fires in offices.

Tips for Prevention

Practicing smart fire safety is everyone’s job. All employees should be aware of common fire hazards and report any potential problem areas to be corrected. The NFPA and OSHA recommend the following fire safety strategies to help keep your small business protected:

These tips are not a substitute for learning and following local safety codes. Your business must obtain proper safety certifications to do business legally. For more information about fire prevention and safety codes for small businesses, check out NFPA 101, Life Safety Code® or NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code®.

Employee Fire Training

Even with safety measures in place, fires can and do occur, and response must be safe and speedy. You can help reduce the danger to your team by establishing an employee fire training program.

The NFPA recommends that employees should be trained to do the following:

Employers must also do the following:

For more information on fire safety planning, download OSHA’s free guide.

Consult an Expert

A professional fire security company can help you plan, install, and test your fire alarm system to ensure they meet all safety code requirements. Many people know BSG as experts in security alarm systems. But did you know that we offer monitored fire alarm systems to safeguard your business?

For more information on fire safety for your business or you can request a free quote 855-697-6278 and a security consultant will follow up with you.