Fire protection is an essential part of both home and business safety. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses either don’t have decent fire safety plans in place, or they have fire safety plans that could lead to significant environmental damage.
If you’re an environmentally conscious person, you may want to put a bit of time into creating your own sustainable, eco-friendly fire safety plan. There are plenty of ways to do this, but most of them are centered around reducing chemical use.
Start By Identifying Existing Fire Safety Measures
If you’re serious about creating an eco-friendly fire safety plan for your business, the first thing you need to do is make a list of your existing fire protection equipment or measures. These should include things like fire extinguishers, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and smoke detectors. If you don’t have these things then your fire safety plan is probably well overdue for an update anyway.
Think About Any Chemicals You Use
Think carefully about any chemicals that your fire safety plan makes use of. Are they environmentally friendly, or are they likely to cause significant damage if they make their way to local waterways?
The most likely places for harmful chemicals are in sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. While you should never compromise your fire safety, there are plenty of eco-friendly options out there that you can use in place of more toxic ones. Do some research and discover them for yourself.
Think About Any Other Chemicals Stored On Your Premises
If your business stores or uses other dangerous or toxic chemicals, you need to make sure that you include them in your fire safety plan. Make sure that they are (a) stored somewhere safe and secure, and (b) are not going to be released as pollutants if they are exposed to a fire. Of course, you won’t be able to completely eliminate risk, but it’s usually possible to significantly reduce it.
Consider Installing Fire Resistant Infrastructure
One of the best ways to protect your home or business from fire damage without using dangerous or polluting chemicals is by installing fire-resistant infrastructure. Use fire proof doors, replace wood with metal or another fire resistant material, and do what you can to reduce the risk of fire – especially in areas like kitchens.
Make Sure Your Staff Are Trained!
Although this may not seem like an eco-friendly fire plan component, making sure that your staff are properly trained in fire prevention is essential. Properly trained staff will understand how to deal with fires, will be able to reduce the risk of fire spreading, and will often be able to extinguish a fire before it causes significant damage. This will reduce the amounts of pollution and environmental damage the fire causes.
An eco-friendly fire safety plan is an essential part of any environmentally conscious business. The above tips will help you develop your own eco-friendly fire safety plan, but you should always speak to a professional to make sure that you’ve got everything covered.