Fire is a wholly remarkable element. While it might be one of the most crucial aspects of a human way of life, it can also be a considerable force for destruction. This is particularly the case in a working environment where there are plenty of electronics, hazardous equipment and high concentrations of people. When fires break out in these environments, the damages, losses and injuries can be severe. So to help you minimise the risk of damages when one occurs, here is what you should do should a fire occur in your office.
Notify the Correct People
The first thing you should do is alert the fire department, since they are the most equipped and experienced to deal with such matters. Fires spread quickly so remember that time is of the essence.
Furthermore, you should also inform the security office in charge of the safety of the building, so that they can take the necessary actions, including organising a safe evacuation.
Be sure too to activate the fire alarm to ensure that your peers are informed, so that they can leave the area safely.
Isolate the Fire: Shut Down Equipment
Where fire suppression systems are available, activate them to limit the spread of the fire. Before doing so, however, make sure that any equipment responsible for the fire is shut down. If it is an electrical fire, you should, under no circumstances, attempt to disconnect it from the power socket, if need be rather trip the power at the mains, taking care not to disconnect any suppression systems.
Only Use Extinguishers if You are Trained
Offices are generally equipped with fire extinguishers which is all fine and well. But have you had training on how to use them effectively. If not, it is worth your while to offer training to all of your employees, especially those concerned with health and safety.
Evacuate Orderly and Immediately
The most important thing in the event of a fire is to get yourself to safety as quickly as possible. Evacuation routes should be clearly market out and displayed in key areas of the office. You should even consider conducting drills from time to time to make sure that evacuation procedures are conducted smoothly.
Reduce the Assistance of a Fire Control Systems Company
The best defence against a fire is to have preventative measures in place to combat them when they happen. Contact one of our representatives from Gentech Services today to find out more about our fire control solutions for better peace of mind.