October was National Fire Prevention Month, which serves as an excellent reminder to evaluate your present fire alarm system - especially in the presence of wildfires that have already destroyed 3,627,010 acres of California land. When a fire occurs, it will inevitably cause some measure of damage, if not completely destroy your business - leading to weeks or even months of being unable to operate.
Your fire alarm and fire sprinkler system is a key component in your business’ security in protecting your assets, employees, and customers from the catastrophic impact of fires.
The burning reality about fire
When fire strikes, it can destroy not only one structure - but several in just a matter of hours or even minutes. Since California’s fire activity elevated around the middle of August, there have been 26 fatalities and over 6,600 structures destroyed, including those housing commercial and small businesses. All it takes is a spark.
What you can do to protect your business
Fortunately, there exists a wide variety of steps you can take to protect your business as much as possible. Some of these measures might include:
Doing a fire risk assessment on the business. Assess every aspect of your facility from structure to usage and familiarize yourself with local fire codes.
Have a fire and life safety system professionally designed and installed, including the installation of a sprinkler system, fire extinguishers, and signage for customers and employees to exit the facility.
Prepare a fire safety and evacuation plan for building inhabitants and properly train all employees in this plan.
You may also wish to consider investing in 24/7 alarm monitoring once you find the right solution for you.
We’re experts in fire detection and prevention
With offices in Monterey, Oakland, Sacramento, and Sonora, we are a true "one-stop" shop in meeting ALL of our client's fire safety and protection needs. If you have any questions about fire and life safety system technologies, please contact us today! (800) 424-7773.