There are hundreds of thousands of non-residential structure fires every single year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In some cases, businesses do the bare minimum to maintain their fire detection and suppression systems. It’s important to protect your business by having your fire alarm system regularly tested and inspected by the trained professionals.
Additionally, you’ll want to develop fire escape procedures for your employees. Have your staff read our post, “Fire Safety Tips for Office Workers.”
Robberies are a serious threat against your business. It’s always better to be prepared for this type of situation.
When a robbery happens, it’s very important to stay calm. Always follow the demands of the robber and never make any sudden movements. If you have a silent alarm, you’ll want to trigger it without being noticed. Wait to call 911 until after the robber leaves.
Try to get a good look at the robber without being noticed. This will help provide a description for police. Also, having a security camera surveillance system can really help law enforcement catch the criminal.
3. Medical Emergencies
Time is critical in a medical emergency. It’s very important to immediately call 911. Response times can be the difference between life and death.
Having people on staff that are trained in first aid and CPR can really help in a medical emergency. You might also want to consult with a security company to see what sorts of medical emergency features they can install in your security system.
4. Suspicious Behavior
If you’re noticing suspicious behavior at or around your business, it’s your responsibility to report it ASAP. Failure to shine a light on these kinds of activities could lead to burglaries and vandalism.
Make sure the lines of communication are open at your business so employees feel comfortable reporting any suspicious behavior going on at your business. This can help to reduce the possibility of an emergency situation.
5. Natural Disasters
Depending on where you live, your business may be threatened by earthquakes, flooding, tornados or other natural disasters and severe weather.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some excellent resources to help you prepare for natural disasters. Having supplies such as food, water and first aid kits can significantly help you during a natural disaster.
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