The end of the year is a busy time in any workplace. In addition to closing out the books and finishing up projects, you’re probably also celebrating the season in one way or another. The busyness, excitement, and stress can lead to relaxed safety practices around your office. Whether you realize it or not, this can actually be one of the worst times of the year to overlook these habits, especially when it comes to fire safety. At AllFire Services, we provide commercial fire extinguishers and safety services for companies across the Carolinas. Check out some of our top fire safety tips for your business as you wrap up 2018.
- Be mindful of extension cords and outlets – Always be cautious when plugging in lights and other electrical devices. Overloading extension cords or outlets can create a fire risk. Instead, try to spread out your electrical items, especially if you have anything new plugged in for the season. Have reasonable expectations for what your electrical system can actually handle.
- Don’t use real candles – Candles are festive, but they can lead to disaster in your office. Since real candles can easily ignite a fire, opt for battery-powered ones instead.
- Inspect all electrical decorations – If you’re hanging lights inside or outside your workplace, be sure to inspect them for signs of damage. Exposed wiring and loose bulbs are hazardous. Instead, buy new ones. Also, only use electrical decorations that have been certified by a safety organization.
- Purchase fire-resistant trees – An office Christmas tree can be very festive. Just make sure it’s fire-resistant. Live trees that have dried out are one of the top causes of holiday fires.
- Turn off electrical items at closing time – Finally, be sure that all electrical decorations and other items are shut off at closing time. This will help protect the building from catching fire while you’re away.
Need to obtain commercial fire extinguishers or fire safety plans for your office or workplace? Call AllFire Services for fire prevention equipment and advice.