Work Safety and Fire

Commercial buildings are just as susceptible to fires as residential buildings are. Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees when it comes to fire. They are responsible for maintaining sprinkler systems, guarding against fire hazards, and creating emergency plans.

Fires can be even more of a hazard at work than in the home. Workplaces can be crowded. If panic ensues, co-workers might actually cause each other harm in their rush to escape. In addition, work environments are new for many employees who are not familiar with escape routes and safety equipment. Finally, evacuations can be dangerous because there are so many people who might make poor decisions. It is best to make a management-level employee responsible for fire safety. Working with subordinates, they should create an emergency plan. Education is the key to preventing injury or death from fire. Walk employees through safety procedures. When a new worker starts, take the opportunity to review escape routes and procedures with the entire staff. Exit signs should be posted in easy-to-see spots for guests and customers.

Update safety information regularly. Check fire extinguishers to see when they need to be serviced or replaced. Inspect old buildings, updating and maintaining electrical systems.

If work stops because of a fire, employees should be eligible for unemployment insurance. Have the fire department inspect your building before and after any remodeling.