With adequate preparation comes peace of mind. This is true in all facets of life, including at your business. In an imperfect world, anything can happen. Instead of losing sleep worrying about the possibilities, prepare! Here are three ways to get your business ready for any emergency.
Nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in buildings without a working smoke alarm. Because smoke alarms detect even small amounts of smoke in the air, they offer early warning of a fire. This added time can save both lives and property. In addition to smoke detectors, any extensive fire detection system should include hand pull stations, horns and strobe lights all around the facility, and a voice evacuation system.
First Aid Equipment
You are responsible for creating a safe work environment. This is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Per OSHA regulations, adequate first aid supplies must be readily available, according to the level of risk involved. Your first aid supplies should be able to address burns, eye accidents, minor injuries, trauma, and personal comfort. First, perform a risk assessment to determine possible dangers. With the dangers in mind, you can then acquire adequate equipment and supplies that can be used in an emergency. First aid kits and equipment should be visually evident in your workplace. Also, it is important to test and rotate first aid supplies regularly to ensure that they aren’t expired and that they are in good working order.
Hazardous Weather Safety Protocols
Extreme weather can hit at any time, with no notice. This means it is critical to have a plan in place before you get hit by the next major storm. For tornados and hurricanes, assign safe spaces within the workplace, such as an internal room with no glass windows. You should also have some form of weather monitor, such as a weather radio. If much of the work for your business is done outdoors, train your workers on lightning safety and provide a safe place for them to retreat to during a lightning storm. You can also save yourself a lot of money by installing a water detector. Water detectors will alert you to flooding at the onset, saving you from accruing major water damages.
Don’t ever be unprepared for an emergency. Assess the risks, make a plan, and implement your plan. Doing so will help you be ready for anything that might hit your business. A mind at peace is a priceless gift that only you can give both yourself and your employees.
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