Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fire Prevention and Preparedness

October is Fire Prevention Month and October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the notorious blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres on October 8th and 9th, 1871. It has since been expanded to Fire Prevention Month. This is the time of year when we need to ensure that we are prepared for the potential of fires and the dangers they present. The articles below can help you with your preparations and planning.

Do you know what to do to lessen the likelihood of an office fire breaking out -- and how to react if one does? (Item #1)   The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City became the benchmark for what employers should NOT do in their facilities if they want to protect their employees and property. (Item #2)   While many people look at the fire- and life-safety inspection process negatively, these inspections benefit the building/business owners, as well as those who use the building. (Item #3)

Small business fire and safety training is necessary for companies of every size. (Item #4)   Fire drills should take place at least once a year. (Item #5)   Regardless of the location of a fire, once people are aware of it, they should be able to proceed safely along a recognizable escape route, to a place of safety. (Item #6) 

For the full issue, click here.

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