Operating a business involves more than generating sales and producing goods or services. There’s the matter of making sure the place is safe for your employees and any customers who may visit the premises. To that end, it makes sense to take a fresh look at all of your safety equipment and supplies from time to time.
Since nothing lasts forever, replacing some of what you have in place may be in order. Maybe some of the safety guards equipment protectors found on the loading dock or the production floor have seen better days. Perhaps the overhead sprinkler system could use some updating. Along with those examples, here are a few more that deserve a second look.
New Fire Extinguishers
When was the last time you invested in newer fire extinguishers? The ones you have may still work fine, but would they work as efficiently as the models on the market today? Since the point of extinguishers is to buy more time for people to get out of a burning facility, even a modest increase in efficiency could make a difference.
Along with the age of the extinguishers, take a close look at the number and placement. It may be time to buy some additional ones even if you don’t plan on replacing the older extinguishers right now.
How About Safety Lighting?
Safety lighting is essential if you want people to be able to exit the building in an emergency. The lights must activate immediately if there’s smoke or a fire anywhere in the structure. Even if the main power source is out, the lights still need to come on and help guide people to safety.
How long have the current lights been in place? While they still pass safety inspections, would they provide enough light if something happened? If there’s any doubt in your mind, now is the time to talk with a professional and find out what it would cost to replace those older lights. All it takes is one event to make the cost worth it.
Proper Storage for Your Flammable Liquids
Your business requires the use of liquids and other materials that are flammable. Making sure they are stored safely and only available to authorized personnel is a must. If you’re not completely satisfied with what you have in place right now, consider having a professional make some recommendations about new HWF Flammable Liquid Safety Cabinets for the facility. You and your employees will feel a little safer.
Don’t Forget the Fire Alarms
If you think the fire alarms are no longer as sensitive as before, it may be time to replace them. If a fire should break out, you want everyone to know it as soon as possible. Every second that the new alarms would buy you translates into more time for people to get out of the building. If the current alarms have been in place for several years, new ones might be a good idea.
Consider having a professional come in and evaluate all of your current safety measures. You may find that a few additions or some minor changes would be all it takes to make the place a lot safer for you and for your employees.