In today's business environment, you must, as an employer, do what you can to keep the business afloat. Apart from gaining an edge over the competition, cutting down on operational costs, and paying off loans, you must also be responsible for your two important assets: your employees and your investments. With regards to your human assets, you are certainly responsible for their well-being while they are in the place of employment-let's say a warehouse, a restaurant, or a small shop, among many others. Aside from these, you must also protect your own interests by ensuring that your investments are covered from whatever risks that could destroy them in the future.
In terms of risk, the most common and highly probable risks are fires. According to the UK Fire Monitor, although there was a 6% reduction in the total building fires for 2007, this still is estimated to 32,500 buildings that have either been damaged or completely razed. This is such a high figure considering that there is an all-encompassing set of laws (The Order) that should have regulated these. With these figures, fire safety should definitely be on top of any employers' list. Apart from complying with legal regulations, having a complete fire safety equipment system can help protect your investments and extremely save your business.
Certainly, no one wants to experience fires of any kind. Thus, it is important for your fire safety equipment system to have reliable frontline defense. This is where the so-called "passive firefighting equipment" comes in. These mainly include smoke alarms or smoke detectors that alert occupants in due time, giving you, your employees, and in some cases even your clients, ample time to go to the nearest fire exit and out to safety. These must be installed throughout the concessions and should be regularly checked for dead batteries or working connections from the main line.
Next should be those equipment that prevent a small fire from turning into a large one. Thus, you must have the right set of extinguishers that will promptly put out any kind of fire. The Order states that there should be one 13A rated water extinguisher every 200 square meters of floor area. If your business is prior to specific fire risks, it is a good idea to consult with a fire safety expert to check what kind of extinguishers you would need. To prevent fires from transferring to another section of the building or shop, smoke seals must have been installed properly in order to minimize or contain any breakouts.
Apart from fire extinguishers, fire blankets must also be included in your fire safety equipment system. They can be quite handy and are ideal in the kitchen, for those who are in the restaurant business where small fires can occur. Do remember that identifying the right set of fire safety equipment for your business is anchored on a proper fire risk assessment that should be carried out by authorities and experts.
Fire control and prevention must be an integral part of any employer's business strategy. In this light, a complete fire safety equipment system must be in place to ensure that no harm will be done on both your human and capital investments.