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The Business Owner’s Checklist for Commercial Fire Safety

The Business Owner’s Checklist for Commercial Fire Safety

A brand new year is a great time for businesses to evaluate what they can improve upon, even in terms of their commercial fire safety.  No business is completely immune to accidental fires and having the right equipment in place year round can prevent potential devastation.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 3,300 fires break out in office buildings across the U.S each year.  The NFPA reports that a number of people are killed or injured with an estimated $112 million in property damage.

If you’re a business set on achieving your 2019 goal of reaching NFPA compliance, take a look at checklist of equipment you need below for commercial fire safety. 


  • Fire and smoke alarms are the first line of defense and should be regularly inspected and in working order.
  • Consider wireless fire alarm monitoring, which is more efficient for many businesses.
  • Have a plan of action for occupants should the alarm sound.

 Extinguishers and Suppression Systems

  • Conduct tests regularly to ensure function and pressure when activated.
  • Schedule routine maintenance of equipment.
  • Store extinguishers in open areas for easy access.

 Emergency Lighting

  • Effective emergency lighting throughout the building will help occupants to safety in an emergency.
  • Schedule regular maintenance and inspections.

Equipment is essential and necessary to prevent major damage but people are too! Whether it’s putting out a fire or tending to the injured, what good is the equipment if you don’t have employees able to use it?

First Aid

  • First aid kits and cabinets should be readily available for employees.
  • Arrange for regular replenishment of first aid supplies.

Training Courses

  • A comprehensive fire equipment training course on the use of fire equipment and first aid can place confidence in employees and keep everyone safe.
  • Training employees reduces the chance of small fires starting and spreading.

You could have all the equipment ready and employees trained to use it but they need something else.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

  • Remind employees to REACT-(remove from danger, ensure doors/windows are closed, activate alarm, call 911, treat as dangerous.)
  • Conduct fire drills.
  • Schedule inspections of all fire equipment.
  • Have employees trained on firefighting equipment.

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