Risk Factors and Prevention Tips for Commercial Fires

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over 85,000 nonresidential building fires occur each year causing over $2.3 billion in damage. A commercial fire can cause extensive building damage, cripple a small business, cause injury to employees and patrons, and even result in death. Needless to say, commercial fires are a serious matter. At Secure Pacific, we believe in preventing fires by practicing caution and using our industry-leading commercial fire alarm systems.

What can you do to stop a fire in your business? First, look at the basics. Most commercial fires are caused by one of four things:

  • Smoking: A single cigarette can send an entire building up in flames.
  • Faulty wires: Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of commercial fires.
  • Improper storage: Storing flammable items near heat sources can have devastating consequences.
  • Improper maintenance of heat sources: A poorly maintained heat source like an oven or forge can easily start a fire.

With only a few precautions, you can significantly reduce the risk of fire in your business. Being smoke-free or creating designated areas for smoking will greatly reduce the risk of cigarette fires. Regular electrical and wiring inspection can decrease the odds of a fire getting started by an old cord or improperly wired machine. By taking simple precautions when storing flammable items and keeping up to date on maintenance of heat sources, you can take a big step toward preventing a fire in your business.

In addition to reviewing and addressing potential causes of commercial fires, commercial fire alarm systems for small business provide the extra protection necessary to assure peace of mind. Secure Pacific’s advanced smoke and heat detectors will alert operators as soon as a fire is developing and send help immediately. As an added measure, we also install sprinkler systems and pull stations to ensure that your business is fully protected in the case of a fire.

Fire safety in your business is essential. Contact us for more information on fire safety and our commercial fire protection services.