Rebuilding Your Business After A Fire
By AdFeatures | Monday, September 24, 2012, 17:13
Of all the risks that businesses face, the outbreak of fire is arguably the most dreaded by business owners. It doesn’t matter what size or how wealthy your company is – a fire can still cause serious devastation.
Once the shock of the incident has started to wear off, business owners need to think about how they can rebuild their company and get back on their feet.
Although it may be the most distressing part of the process, business owners need to take stock of the damage done before they can start rebuilding it. You need to tot up the costs of the damage done to buildings and properties, as well as taking into account any compensation costs (for injured workers) and fire safety fines, if applicable.
Insurance and repairs
Hopefully, your business had proper insurance in place in case of fire. This should help with the costs of repairing and rebuilding damaged premises and property, to make your workplace fit and safe for people to work in again.
Preparing for the future with fire safety supplies
PureSafety believes that the most positive thing that business owners can do after a fire is to learn from past mistakes, as well as taking steps to prevent similar incidents from ever happening again.
Protecting your business from fire is not a quick or easy process, but it is well worth doing. The steps you will need to take to protect against fire include:
- Carrying out a full fire risk assessment and acting to remove or reduce any risks that are flagged up
- Putting up fire safety signs, including those that highlight fire exits and escape routes, and install all legally required fire safety equipment
- Fitting fire alarms and setting a schedule to test them regularly
- Running staff training days (i.e. courses where staff fire extinguisher questions are answered)
Lastly, you need to teach your employees what they should do and where they should go if a fire breaks out. Come up with a fire drill and practice it as much as possible.