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Fire Prevention for MD Businesses

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Smart Fire Prevention Practices for Maryland Businesses:

  • Hold meetings to educate your employees on emergency evacuation plans.
  • Familiarize and train employees on how to use fire extinguishers and other fire-fighting tools.
  • Stage a fire drill at least once a year.
  • Clearly mark emergency exits and escape routes, and keep them unobstructed at all times.
  • Provide a minimum of one 2A 10BC-rated fire extinguisher for every 75 feet of travel distance within every 6,000 square feet. Mount fire extinguishers on the wall, three to five feet from the floor.
  • Provide quarterly maintenance and 5-year certification of your fire sprinkler system.
  • Remove trash and waste paper from the office on a regular basis.
  • Keep the furnace room, electrical rooms, and spaces below stairwells clear—never use them for storage.
  • Place heat-generating appliances such as copiers, heaters, and coffee makers away from combustible materials.
  • Keep your workspace and equipment well ventilated and clean—especially clear of oil and dust.
  • Do not use electrical equipment when flammable gases, vapors, liquids, dust, or fibers are present.
  • Check to make sure your circuits are not overloaded.
  • Maintain free access to all electrical control panels. Material or equipment stored in front of the panels will slow down power shut-downs in an emergency situation.
  • Use extension cords ONLY for temporary wiring.
  • Replace any damaged or missing electrical components, including the covers on all plates.
  • Identify each circuit breaker in an electrical panel and install blanks for missing circuit breakers.
  • Clearly label the contents of all compressed gas cylinders. Chain or nest cylinders to prevent them from falling over.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Howard County at 410-465-7333 to have us do a complete ERP (Emergency Response Plan) for your business.  We service all of Howard County Maryland including Columbia, Ellicott City, Laurel, Elkridge, and Clarksville.