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Safeguard Your Outfitter With Fire Prevention Strategies

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As outfitters, it's crucial to stay hyperaware of fires in outdoor settings, such as wildfires and campfires. Not only does fire prevention impact your business and the safety of your customers, it also protects the environment. While handling these situations may feel like second nature to us, when was the last time you walked through your company’s building and discussed something that doesn’t come instinctively — your fire safety plan?

Fires can devastate small businesses, causing property damage, loss of inventory, disruptions in operations and even endangering the lives of customers and employees. To prevent these and other negative consequences of fires, consider the following best practices:

  • Conduct a fire risk assessment. To prevent fires in the business,  identify potential hazards  like faulty wiring, flammable materials and malfunctioning equipment. Then, create a tailored fire prevention plan to address them and keep employees and property safe.
  • Install adequate fire detection. Invest in a reliable fire detection system to guarantee the business’ safety and protection. This system should consist of strategically placed smoke detectors, heat detectors and fire alarms on the business premises. Additionally, conduct regular maintenance on these systems to ensure proper functioning during an emergency.
  • Educate and train employees. Regular fire  safety training sessions  are crucial to maintain a safe work environment. Employees should understand how to operate fire extinguishers, evacuate safely and fire safety protocols. Assigned fire safety wardens can help guide evacuations and oversee drills.
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  • Maintain electrical systems. Faulty wiring and electrical systems are a common cause of fires in small businesses. It’s important to regularly inspect and maintain electrical systems to identify and rectify potential hazards. Ensure all appliances, cords and outlets are in good working condition. Extension cords should only be used temporarily; if needed long term, install outlets.
  • Control flammable materials. Store flammable materials and chemicals in designated areas away from potential ignition sources. Make sure these areas have proper ventilation and fire-resistant containers.
  • Use fire-resistant building materials. When designing or renovating business premises, consider using fire-resistant materials to slow the spread of flames and buy more time to evacuate.
  • Install fire-suppression systems. Sprinklers or extinguishing systems installed in high-risk areas can help prevent small fires from escalating. Alternatively, if a suppression system is not available, place fire extinguishers throughout the building.
  • Create an evacuation plan. A clear evacuation plan with marked exit routes, meeting places and authority hierarchy is essential. Regular fire drills can help ensure everyone knows what to do during a fire.
  • Store and dispose of waste materials safely. Waste containers should be kept at a safe distance from buildings and thorough protocols for waste management should be implemented.
  • Establish clear smoking policies. If smoking is allowed on the premises, it’s important to create designated smoking areas away from flammable materials and buildings. The enforcement of  strict smoking policies  can help reduce the risk of fires caused by discarded cigarette butts.
  • Monitor and control heat sources. Be vigilant with heating sources, especially during colder months, and implement strict guidelines for use. Ensure space heaters, furnaces and stoves are well-maintained and positioned away from flammable materials.

Protect Your Business With CBIZ Adventure Sports Insurance

Preventing fires in a small business requires a proactive and comprehensive approach. This can be achieved by conducting risk assessments, installing adequate detection systems and educating employees about safety protocols. By taking these measures, outfitter owners can significantly reduce the risk of fires and ensure the safety of their business, employees and customers.

Don’t let your outfitter go up in flames. Our team has the knowledge and experience to provide comprehensive insurance and risk solutions designed to safeguard your outfitter.  Request a free CBIZ Adventure Sport Insurance quote  today.

This blog may contain scenarios that are provided as examples only. In an actual claim situation, coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy issued. The information provided is general in nature and may be affected by changes in law or the interpretation of such laws. The reader is advised to contact a professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

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