A fire breaking out anywhere can be a disaster, which means it can certainly be a disaster for your business. If your commercial premises is full of computers, furniture, paperwork, clothing, plant or manufacturing equipment, a fire can cause havoc and cost you in a whole host of ways, and not just financially. So, what is the actual cost of a fire to your business?
The team at Hartson Fire explains the potential repercussions of not having the correct fire equipment in your business premises to deal with a fire should it occur.
What could a fire cost your business?
Most common causes of office fires
People generally don’t expect offices to go up in flames but in fact, many of these commercial premises don’t always have the correct fire safety equipment and so are hugely vulnerable to the risk of a fire. The most common causes of office fires are:
Cooking: cooking facilities are now relatively commonplace in many offices, and all it takes is a loss of concentration or lack of care for a fire to break out. Leaving something on a hob for too long, leaving the toaster on too high, for example, are simple mistakes which can have serious consequences.
Electrical: electrical fires aren’t usually caused by human error unless they are overloaded onto electrical sockets for example. On the whole, the cause of electrical fires tends to be faulty wiring which can be difficult to spot unless you’re an electrician! This is why PAT testing of all electrical equipment is so important in any business premises.
Smoking: even a stubbed-out cigarette can catch fire in certain conditions which means smoking can present a serious risk to the safety of your property. The safest thing you can do is to provide cigarette disposal units at key locations outside your commercial premises so that smokers can
discard their cigarettes safely.
Heating: mini heaters may seem useful on a bitterly cold day, but they can pose a risk if not treated with care and attention. If left on for too long, they can overheat, or if they are left on and too close to flammable objects which can ignite very easily.
Could your business survive a fire?
Every single business is different which is why it so important to carry out a fire risk assessment at your commercial premises in order to understand the risks. A risk assessment will not only ensure the safety of you and your employees, but will also identify any actions that need to be taken to mitigate the risk of fire; it’s also important for insurance purposes.
Every commercial business premises should also have a disaster recovery plan to minimise downtime for your business and the financial impact should a fire occur.
Hartson Fire is proud to be a leading independent provider of fire safety equipment for businesses around the UK. If you would like to know more about our products and servicing plans, please visit our website https://hartsonfire.co.uk/ or call us on 01792 218214.