Public Safety: Firefighting
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Grainger has the products and services you need to prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards, including fires.
Fire is the most common of all disasters, causing more than 4,000 deaths, 25,000 injuries and property losses of more than $8 billion each year. The fires themselves are not the only danger—the heat and smoke can be dangerous as well, causing injury, damage and possibly death.
Building a Preparedness Plan
Communicating and testing a comprehensive emergency plan with your staff will help minimize loss to your business. Be sure to have personnel trained in CPR, first aid and compile an easily accessible emergency kit. FEMA, OSHA and NIOSH have published recommendations on building preparedness plans.
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Prevention is always the first and most important action you can take to avoid loss of life and property. Check with your community and industry experts for the prevention tips and guidelines that are best suited for your business operations.
Fire Prevention Tips
- Make sure all wiring is inspected by a qualified electrician and is in good operating condition.
- Store flammable liquids in approved containers and cabinets in well-ventilated storage areas away from heat and spark sources.
- If open flames are used, make sure they are kept away from walls, insulation and other flammable items.
- If you use flammable chemicals in your facility, make sure all employees working with them know and abide by all applicable fire standards.
Structure fires can spread rapidly; immediate action is essential to saving lives and property. You can mitigate losses with proper preparation and a response plan. Most importantly, make sure your communication plan is in place so you can reach all of your employees and confirm their safety.
Fire Protection Tips
- Install smoke alarms and test them. Consult with your local fire department or other regulatory bodies for guidance regarding fire codes.
- Make sure fire escape routes and ladders are clearly marked, accessible, and in working order. Never block any fire exit.
- Make sure the proper type of fire extinguishers are easily accessible and that all employees are trained on proper use.
- Check local codes for automatic sprinkler systems and install accordingly.
- Conduct fire drills regularly.
Recovering From a Fire
Historical statistics have shown that 40% of businesses that close following a disaster never reopen, so the development of a comprehensive recovery plan is essential to the health of your business and the well-being of your employees.
Fire Recovery Tips
- Do not return to the building until it is cleared by local authorities.
- If you detect any remaining heat or smoke or see any sparks, evacuate immediately and contact fire officials.
- Secure your business from looting. Work with your insurance company immediately to provide a full report on the incident.
- Work with experts in fire recovery and remediation for all repairs. Have them inspected by local fire authorities upon completion.