If you own a warehouse, you’ll need to think about the dangers of fire. A fire could destroy your stock. It could also put the lives of your staff in danger.These are scenarios we hope to never have to encounter but thankfully, there are a few easy steps you can implement to make your warehouse as safe as can be in the event of a fire.
1. Install fire doors
Doorways in any business (whether commercial or retail) property should be fitted with fire doors.
Fire doors can greatly inhibit the spread of fire, allowing business owners and emergency services to tackle the fire before it causes irreversible damage or injury.
2. Install fire shutters
Often buildings have openings and entrances that are too wide to be considered traditional doorways. Openings such as these can be fitted with fire shutters that are triggered automatically in the event of a fire.
Fire shutters are motor-powered screens that roll down across any opening. They are similar in principle to a motor-powered electric blind. They can be linked to your fire safety and alarm system and will operate automatically upon the detection of smoke or fire.
Consequently, when correctly designed and implemented, fire shutters divide your building into fire-safe compartments. This can contain a fire in the section of your building where the fire broke out and slow its progression to other parts of the premises. This can save both lives and equipment.
3. Keep your doors maintained
Whatever doors you use for your business, regular maintenance is essential. It’s important that your doors open properly so that staff can get out the building in the event of a fire.
If you have any issues with your doors, have them rectified as soon as possible.
4. Keep fire exits free of blockages
Fire exits should be free from any blockages, packages, containers or anything else that would hinder access in an emergency. Make sure your staff are aware of this too.
5. Make staff aware of fire prodecures
Make sure fire exit procedures are displayed throughout the building, reminding staff and visitors of where to go in an emergency.
Staff should also be familiar with exit routes and assembly points in the case of a fire by participating in yearly fire/emergency evacuation drills.
6. Check your fire alarms regularly
As part of your regular checks, you need to regularly inspect and test your fire alarms.
7. Use fire extinguishers
Fire extinguishers should be regularly inspected and maintained per the manufacturers’ recommendations and should be situated in the most appropriate points within easy reach when necessary. All personnel should have training on fire extinguishers, especially when to use each type.
8. Store flammable material carefully
You are need to be very cautious when storing flammable material and follow the guidelines carefully. It is easy to become complacent with combustible material such as paper and cardboard boxes, which can also prove a threat if poorly stored and may be a fire risk.
In this post, we’ve covered some ways to protect your warehouse from fire. If you’d like to speak to us about any of the topics we’ve covered, just give us a call!