Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lewis Barbe: How to Prevent Fire Hazards

There are a number of ways in which a fire can be caused, but the results are often the same: destruction of property, potential harm to the patrons and employees at your business or facility, and a costly bill that covers one, if not both, of the aforementioned results. By being proactive and recognizing and minimizing these hazards, a manager is making a sound investment that will save lots of money and hassle if a fire were to take place. Below are some basic tips on how you can protect your establishment from fire hazards.

First, make sure to keep a clean workspace. Dispose of any waste or unused, discarded materials that can be flammable. One of the best examples here is paper. Many businesses require lots of paperwork, but properly storing that work is the difference between having an archive, or a fire hazard. By filing your paperwork in filing cabinets and discarding any excess or unwanted paper, you are already minimizing a fire hazard that has crippled many businesses.

Second, keep a close eye on the electrical and gas supplies of your workspace to make sure that they are in functional order. Keep an eye out for any overstuffed electrical outlets; and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that can help identify if any gas or smoke is being leaked into the air.

Lastly, have policies in place that minimize risk after a fire has started. Have fire extinguishers easily accessible, as well as a clearly displayed fire escape plan.

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