Protect your business from the risk of fire.
As a business owner, it is your responsibility to safeguard your employees and your company’s physical building from the risk of fire. While having the right commercial coverage in place can offer you the protection that your business needs, there are other preventative measures that you can take as well. Watch out for these the common causes of workplace fires and learn how you can prevent them.
Surprisingly, one of the most common causes of workplace fires is mismanaged cooking equipment. This is true even for businesses outside the food service industry. If you have cooking equipment in your place of business (microwaves, toaster ovens, hot plates, electric hot pots, and so on), your employees need to know how to use this equipment safely. Additionally, it’s important that this equipment is turned off and completely cool before your employees leave for the night. Finally, flammable items should be removed from the vicinity when this equipment is being used. Taking all these steps will reduce your chances of cooking fires breaking out at your business.
Faulty and malfunctioning electrical and lighting equipment is another common cause of commercial fires. You can mitigate this fire risk by training your employees on how to safely use your equipment. This will avoid fires caused by improper equipment use. Additionally, you should train your employees to look for signs of potential electrical issues. For instance, things like damaged wires, sparking outlets, and flickering lights should be brought to your attention. You should also be sure to conduct regular safety inspections of your workplace to look for any potential hazards that your employees may have missed. Make sure you address these issues as soon as possible to prevent these seemingly minor problems from becoming a serious fire.
This is how you can prevent these common causes of commercial fires. Remember, having the right business insurance can also help you protect your employees and your workplace. For assistance with your commercial coverage needs, contact Steve Wilk Insurance Agency today. Located in Illinois, check out our new office at 310 S Main Street, Suite C, Lombard, IL 60148.