You can install the best fire protection system in your building on your own, but that will not yield its full benefit unless you ensure that you conduct regular fire drills and ensure that all the people working in your building are well versed in fire evacuation procedures.
The most common cause of fires is actually lack of knowledge of danger signs that indicate a fire that is about to start. If the people who work in the building are unaware of what the signs of a fire are, or places where the likelihood of a fire occurring is greater etc, then the building itself can be at a higher fire risk. A fire protection survey is very useful in this regard because as a result of the survey, areas like these can be identified well in advance. This gives a company a lot of time in which the fire protection of these areas can be taken care of.
The following are some other common causes of fires that occur at the workplace.
When a new electric cable or extension is purchased, the entire length should be checked to ensure that it is undamaged. Moreover, you should also check with an electrician if there is a possibility that a circuit may be overloaded. Circuits can only support a certain limit of electrical appliances. Power strips and surge protectors should be used instead of normal splitters. These are a lot less safe. You should also ensure that the chords and plugs are isolated from areas where they would be susceptible to damage.
The majority of fires that occur in offices are electrical. There should be a periodic check on all electrical wiring in the office to ensure that none of them are damaged. The administrative function of the building should also ensure that electrical equipment and items prone to combustion, are placed in sufficient open space. A fire protection survey can help in pointing out such hazards.
One of the other major causes of fires that occur in offices is irresponsible cooking practices. These include leaving cooking appliances on, not taking care of flammable items being far from heat sources like stoves, sandwich makers, toasters etc. Coffee machines can prove to be extremely dangerous if it isn’t ensured that the power cord is kept away from moist places.
A simple solution to this is ensuring that there is only one area where employees can cook their food. This allows for the risk to be contained to a single area. Unattended cooking appliances scattered in different areas of the office are highly problematic. Special care should be taken to avoid deep frying; oil is a huge fire risk as it sustains a fire and makes it difficult to put out or contain.
These are just a few of the risks and subsequent preventive measures that can be taken to avoid fires. The best thing to do is to have a fire protection survey conducted so that all possible fire hazards are identified and subsequently addressed.