Though the number of people taking their small business online is on the rise, there’s still a significant place for high street and commercial properties. These properties create an environment where you can come face to face with your customers, showcasing your products and services on a real life basis, and offering brilliant customer service. While there are serious benefits that come hand in hand with operating in a tangible environment, you do take on a fair amount of responsibility when taking on a commercial property. Perhaps the most important is ensuring that the commercial property is safe! Here are a few steps that you can take to achieve this!
Fire is a huge threat to any given property, commercial property included. You need to take several steps to make sure that your property is prepared for the rare occasion that a fire might break out. After all, fire can prove extremely destructive, posing a significant threat to life and property. Here are a few for you to consider.
Install Smoke Alarms
The first step that you should take to alert yourself, staff, customers, and other individuals in your commercial property to a fire is to install smoke alarms. You should have these fitted in every room of your establishment, just to be on the safe side. Make sure to check the batteries regularly and replace them as soon as they start running low.
Provide Fire Extinguishers
Every commercial property should have service free fire extinguishers. There are different types of fire extinguishers that are specially designed to tackle specific types of fires. The most common are water, AFFF foam, carbon dioxide, ABC powder, water mist, and wet chemical.
Install Fire Doors
Fire doors are specialist doors that are designed in order to withstand fires and slow their spread should they break out. They have a solid timber frame that can withstand higher temperatures, and may be covered in an extra layer of fire-resistant glass.
Install Appropriate Signage
You should have fire exit signs that direct anyone in the building to the nearest fire exit. Consider glow in the dark signs that will still prove effective if there’s some sort of power outage.
CCTV cameras are generally installed in commercial properties to prevent theft of stock and damage to your commercial property. However, they do have other uses that pertain to health and safety. Compensation culture is on the rise, and installing CCTV in your building can help to establish the legitimacy of any health and safety claims that arise. If the claims are legitimate, you can identify the cause of the problem clearly, and put wrongs to right, increasing safety standards.
These are just a few different areas where you can improve safety standards in your commercial property. So, focus on them!