A fire can break out in a split second and become financially and emotionally devastating in a matter of minutes. You cannot always predict when disaster strikes, but as a building owner, you can lower your risk of fire damage by considering the top fire hazards.
According to the Red Cross, precautions make all of the difference.
Upgrade all fire alarm systems
A fire alarm system can save your life and the life of anyone within the building. You should test the batteries in the fire alarm regularly to ensure that they work correctly. Likewise, check the function of the alarm at least once a month. You should change the batteries about once every six months. To make it easier to remember when to change the batteries in your fire alarm system, try to time it around the same time, you change the clocks every year. Every time you turn the clocks back or forward, change the batteries in the fire alarm system.
Check outlets and electronics
When you plug in your appliances, you must ensure that the outlets function correctly and do not pose a fire risk. Your outlets should not show signs of overload or wear. When it comes to appliances, you should arrange the building so that as many appliances as possible have their outlet. While many people try to hide the cords, you do not want to hide them underneath rugs. Many appliances can produce a lot of heat. Take your television and computer into consideration when decorating. Keep warmer appliances at a distance from flammable materials.
No matter how secure your building feels, you should always have an escape plan in case of an emergency. Escape routes should take about two minutes and all occupants of a building should be aware of the fire route.