Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. offers these six tips to help retailers review fire safety equipment, processes, and procedures in their business:
- Ensure that you have the correct type and number of fire extinguishers. Be sure they are accessible and properly serviced by a reputable service contractor. Contact your local fire department if you have questions about the type, size, location, or number of extinguishers needed.
- Familiarize your staff with the location of fire extinguishers, fire alarm system components, hazardous products, and emergency procedures. Be certain that your fire/smoke detection system is properly serviced and maintained so it can provide an early warning for occupants and local fire authorities. Last year, a faulty light ballast in a display case caused an after-hours fire in a retail jewelry store. Luckily, the fire detection system detected the fire, and fire crews were able to extinguish it quickly, minimizing the loss.
- To reduce the potential of fire, explosion, and toxic leaks, review proper handling and storage for flammable/combustible liquids and compressed gases with all employees.
- Conduct regular (at least monthly) inspections of your business to identify potential hazards.
Invite your local fire department to join you and your staff for a walk through and ask for recommendations to help prepare your staff to act appropriately in the event of an emergency.
- Make the most of National Fire Safety Month by reviewing fire and life safety procedures with your staff, as well as your family.