Preventing fires in commercial building is a serious matter because lives and businesses are at stake. In order to prevent commercial building fires, it’s necessary to understand the most common causes in no particular order:
Arson is the most dangerous and one of the most common causes of commercial building fires. Arson poses a severe threat as the fire is often planned. Arson can result in serious building damage, as well as injury and death. There are many reasons someone may commit arson; an unhappy client or former employee seeking revenge, a property owner committing insurance fraud, or mentally unstable individuals all pose a threat. If you notice any suspicious behaviour that suggests someone may be planning to commit arson, notify the police immediately. Security systems, fire monitoring systems and CCTV systems can act as a deterrent against arson.
- Malfunctioning Appliances
Heaters, boilers, furnaces and other building devices can all cause fires if not installed properly or regularly maintained. There are rules and regulations regarding the use of these in commercial buildings, however these procedures are not always followed. By ensuring correct installation, and regular maintenance, you can prevent fires caused by heaters, boilers, and furnaces.
Small electrical appliances can also cause fires. Often, electrical fires start due to human error (more on that in a second) when handling electrical equipment and circuitry. As with heaters, boilers, and furnaces, making sure electrical equipment and appliances are installed and maintained properly according to manufacturer’s instructions is crucial to preventing fires. Additionally, make sure every employee handling this equipment has received proper training, and that there are clear, visible instructions available.
- Human Error
Commercial buildings are often full of people working, and clients coming and going. Due to the large amount of traffic, human error will occur occasionally. Fires may be caused due to cigarettes not put out properly near the building, or the misuse of appliances or equipment. The best you can do to prevent a fire due to human error is to make sure everyone is informed on how fires are caused and how to prevent them. There should also be strict anti-smoking rules inside the building, and cigarette disposal canisters outside the building.
No matter how many preventative measures are taken, accidents can still occur so it’s essential to have an excellent fire monitoring system in place, and a fire plan so that all employees know what to do in the event of a fire.
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