- 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.
Risk Factors and Prevention Tips for Commercial Fires
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: