Keeping employees and customers safe in the event of a fire is about more than suppression system. Have a comprehensive plan in place and practice it so your employees know what to do when the time comes.
If the unthinkable happens, your Las Vegas business will be glad you installed a high quality fire suppression system. While a properly installed and maintained suppression system saves property and lives, it is still important for businesses to develop a fire safety and evacuation plan to get everyone out of the building safely if there is a fire. Here are some simple but effective safety strategies businesses often overlook.
Most of your employees probably have not participated in a fire drill since leaving grade school, but they should be practicing routinely with you. While building code laws often require fire escape routes to be hung on the wall, most of your employees probably pay very little attention to these maps. Make sure every person and department knows at least two ways out of the building and hold fire drills so they can practice and memorize these escape routes. It is also a good idea to run temporary workers through an escape plan.
Make sure that there are first-aid kits mounted on the walls next to exterior doors and then designate a few people as the first-aid kit collectors. This ensures that a first-aid kit will be available even if you are forced to evacuate the building due to fire. Access to a first-aid kit allows you to treat any injuries until medics and firefighters arrive on scene.
Because some business environments are loud, it is important to make sure flashing lights and other visual cues are activated in the event of a fire. It is also a good idea to add extra fire alarms or visual alerts to areas like copy and file rooms where employees may be tucked away in a remote corner of the building. Always know how many people are in your building at any given time and do a head count after evacuation. Asking visitors to sign in is a great way to keep track of how many people are in the building.