The Common “Do’s” To Prepare For Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
In order to be better prepared on how to handle commercial fire damage in your Las Vegas business, here is a list of what to do following a fire to ensure you, your staff, and everyone in the building remains safe:
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Have a fire escape plan for your commercial space. As soon as your smoke alarms alert you of a fire, the escape plan needs to be initiated. For an escape plan to be effective, there should be two exit routes from each room. Outside of the building there should be an established meeting point a safe distance away. Every staff member and employee needs to know the escape plan. For the plan to work, you need to practice it. Be sure to have regular fire drills so that everyone is practiced and prepared to respond. Getting everyone out of the building safely and quickly is the number one priority, so to make this possible you need an effective fire escape plan.
Know to exit a burning building safely. Inhaling smoke can cause serious damage to the brain, lungs, and heart. Smoke will kill you before the flames, so you need to stay low below the smoke when exiting. If available, place a clean cloth or other fabric over your nose and mouth to act as a filter. Check doors before opening them to make sure that the flames are not directly behind them. Doors can actually act as barriers to keep the fire away for a little bit of time, so if you open one and the fire is right behind it, it will spread quickly to where you are. You can check to see if a door is safe to open by feeling the handle for heat.
Alert emergency response personnel right away. Let firefighters know where the fire originated and how many people may still be inside if not everyone has made it to the designated meeting area. The more information you can give the response teams, the better the odds are of them getting everyone out safely and extinguishing the flames quickly.
Make sure that you have working alarms in every room, and at least one on every floor. Keep batteries fresh and test your alarms periodically. You should also have at least one fire extinguisher accessible and known to those working in the commercial building. If the fire damage is contained to a small area, you can use the extinguisher to attempt to put it out. However, do not spend time attempting to put out a fire that is resisting. Fires grow very quickly, and your time is much better spent following the fire escape plan to ensure that everyone has made it out of the building quickly and safely.
Call your insurance. Having your own commercial business means having protection for your livelihood, so make sure your insurance agent gets a call as soon as possible. You want to protect your business as best as possible, so be sure to document any and all damages done to your commercial building so that your insurance claims can be detailed and accurate regarding any fire damage restoration needs.
Call Design Builders to handle the entire commercial fire damage restoration process. We know that a fire in your business can affect your property, but it is our goal to let it affect your productivity, your revenue, or your employees as little as possible. We know how critical it is for your business to resume normal operations as soon as possible, and we work quickly and effectively to get you back to business.