With the start of the new normal, businesses all over Australia are starting to operate as they try to revive the economy. But with the opening of business establishments and work places, it is important to go through every corner of your building and make sure everything is safe and working properly.
One of the things you should look into is the fire safety of your building, especially if it has been unoccupied for a long time. Here’s a checklist of the things you need to check to make sure your employees and customers continue to be protected from the hazards of fire:
- Are all exit doors readily openable from the inside? If you haven’t used the building for quite some time, some debris might be stuck in the windows and the doors. You need to remove any clutter that might impede your escape, particularly those in the way of the fire door or fire exit.
- Is the fire alarm still working? If no one was around to maintain your smoke or fire alarms during the lockdown, make sure to check if they are still in good condition before you let your employees come back or entertain customers. Perform a test and replace the battery if necessary.
- Are there any damaged or missing fire safety equipment? Aside from smoke alarms, you also need to check your fire sprinklers, dampers, fire extinguishers, fire doors, and other fire safety installations. If something is damaged, reach out to your trusted fire experts to fix or replace faulty equipment.
- Are there any fire hazards lying around? Check your storage area if fire hazards have been spilled on the floor or flammable materials are scattered all over the place.
- Check all machinery and equipment to ensure they receive regular routine maintenance. Before plugging in any machinery or device, whether in a commercial, industrial or residential area, check each and every piece of equipment first. Look for frayed wires or other physical damage that might trigger a fire incident. Fix or replace damaged machinery immediately, and dispose of damaged machines properly.
- Are all emergency signs/emergency lighting undamaged? Check all exit signs, emergency lights, evacuation plans, emergency numbers, and other signage for possible damage.
Getting your business or office up and running again is not as simple as opening your building for your employees or customers. You need to make sure that it remains safe from fire risks, especially for building that have been left empty for the past few months.
You can manually check each of these fire safety aspects, or you can invite fire consultants Sydney to do a thorough and professional inspection of the place before you get back to business.