The holidays are here and if your office is like most then it will soon be filled with holiday decorations, pot lucks and more. And, while these festive holiday staples can be a lot of fun, they can also bring with them some potential fire hazards every business owner and manager should be aware of. As experts in fire protection for Akron and the surrounding areas, we’d like to offer some tips to help you protect your business and its occupants this holiday season.
First, is your fire protection system what it should be? Make sure all your commercial fire protection systems are properly installed and monitored. They can help save lives and minimize the amount of damage done. When was the last time your fire protection system was tested? Is it properly monitored? These are all questions you should be asking yourself; especially this time of year.
Every business has to abide by codes and regulations. These requirements can affect several aspects of a business, including accessibility, environment, and mechanical systems, among many others. And, we are well-versed in these codes for commercial fire protection systems. When we install your fire protection system, you can depend on us for all of its maintenance and testing needs.
For example, it is important to make sure that your smoke detectors are working and verify that the fire extinguishers are easily accessible. Hard Fire can help with this.
Next, don’t block any fire safety equipment, exit signage or exits with holiday décor or lights. Avoid placing Christmas trees, gifts, or decorations in heavily trafficked areas where people might trip over them. Do not place any type of decorative items in exit corridors or over sprinklers.
When it comes to pot lucks with multiple slow cookers and griddles, etc. it is important to never exceed the maximum number of strings or devices that may be linked together. The same goes for holiday lights. Make sure you use lights that have been tested for safety. Look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or other nationally-recognized laboratories. Consider using LED lights when possible. LED lights run cooler and use less energy than incandescent lights. Double check lights for frayed wires or cracks and be sure there is a bulb in each socket. Discard and replace any damaged strands. And, never place staples or nails through strings of lights, power cords, or extension cords.
These are just some of the things you should keep in mind this holiday season in addition to proper fire protection. For more tips on a safe holiday and winter season, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can test your fire protection system and even install a new one.
Ready to learn more about fire protection for your Akron area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.