Do you own or manage a commercial business facility? If so, you are obligated to provide and maintain safe conditions for all individuals on the premises.
To make sure that the risk of injury or damage on your property is reduced, you should satisfy three major objectives:
- Install the proper safety & prevention equipment
- Properly inform tenants of potential risks
- Create an evacuation plan
Additionally, you should follow this simple checklist to ensure that all precautions are being taken to protect your commercial property and the people therein:
- Make sure that your premises follows all local building and fire codes. Although a sprinkler system may not be required in your jurisdiction, it is highly recommended that you install one to reduce risk. Conduct routine inspections and maintain the equipment to ensure the system works properly in the event of a fire.
- Install a fire alarm system with smoke detectors in all units and common areas. Change the batteries every six months.
- Keep fire extinguishers in visible common areas in the building.
- Install emergency lights and post visible exit signs. In the event of an emergency, these items can reduce panic and maintain order.
- Outline a comprehensive evacuation plan for tenants. Post visible floor plans with clearly marked primary and secondary exits. This information should be provided to tenants when they move in and during lease renewals as a reminder.
- Do not leave cooking food or appliances unattended.
- Properly discard smoking materials in ash trays. Flush ashes down the toilet; never throw ashes in the trash.
- Do not, under any circumstances, leave burning candles unattended. Only use candles when placed in candle holders on a sturdy surface. Make sure that candles are out of reach from children, animals, and flammable materials.
- Keep appliances unplugged when not in use.
- If using space heaters, make sure they are three feet or more away from flammable items and always unplug them before going to bed.
- Check smoke alarms every six months and replace batteries.
- Know the building’s exits and evacuation plan.
- Do not use the building’s elevator if you suspect a fire; always use the stairs.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your unit in case of localized fire.
- If you have fire sprinklers in your unit, never paint or hang anything from them. Also make sure to keep everything at least 18 inches below the sprinkler heads. If you notice damage to any part of the sprinkler system, report it immediately.
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