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Fire Prevention Tips for Restaurants
Would you know what to do if a fire emergency occurred in your restaurant?
As a restaurant owner/operator or manager, it's your responsibility to be prepared if prevention falls short. Make sure your employees and assets are protected if a fire emergency occurs.
In 2015, more than 113,500 non-residential fires were reported, causing $3.1 billion worth of property damage. Prevention is always the goal, but what happens if those efforts fall short?
Best practices include:
- Consider your facility’s risks. Examining the unique risks of a workplace is an important responsibility for any property manager or building owner. Assess your facility for items that may contribute to the risk of a fire, such as flammable liquids, electrical equipment or storage of combustible materials. Take note of specific hazards and make sure functional and up-to-date fire extinguishers and systems are in place to help minimize the impact of a fire.
- Regularly inspect fire extinguishers. Extinguishers can be the first line of defense against a fire, so it is important that facility managers properly test and inspect each unit in the building. Make sure each extinguisher is maintained annually per applicable manufacturer and code standards, and perform monthly inspections to help ensure each extinguisher will operate properly in the event of a fire.
- Conduct staff training. Nearly three in four American adults have never used a fire extinguisher. Conduct thorough, hands-on training with your team using extinguisher types and sizes commonly found in your facility to help prepare them for an emergency. Local fire protection service providers or fire departments may be able to assist with this training.
- Test emergency and exit lighting. Main power may be lost during a fire emergency, and more than one-third (34 percent) of U.S. workers would lack confidence in their ability to navigate their workplace safely in the event of a power outage. Regularly testing emergency and exit lighting can help make sure backup lighting functions correctly, allowing building occupants to navigate and exit buildings more easily during a fire.
- Examine sprinkler systems. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sprinklers were effective at controlling a fire in 96 percent of fires occurring from 2010 to 2014 in which they operated. A well-maintained and regularly tested sprinkler system can help suppress a fire, keeping it from spreading to other parts of the building and helping give building occupants the opportunity to exit the facility. When a system fails to operate during a fire, 65 percent of the time it's due to damaged components, shutoff by the property owner, or their failure to maintain the system.
- Inspect fire alarms. Functioning fire alarms help facility personnel to detect fires earlier and potentially minimize costly damage. Regular tests and inspections, along with integrated monitoring, can help make sure your equipment is functioning properly and get building occupants to safety quickly.
Flooded Hotel Room?
People are constantly coming and going within hotels, leaving behind well-lived in rooms. Hotels are no exception to damages. Various problems can occur, whether caused by man or nature. Pipes may burst, flooding may occur, mold may develop, and even fires are a possibility. Should any of these or similar problems arise, proficient emergency help is necessary to address the damages.
Water Damage Restoration
Pipes leak, floods occur, and other water damage scenarios can transpire. This type of damage needs to be addressed as soon as possible because moisture issues can potentially lead to a mold problem. In addition to mold, water damage can also produce other issues such as biohazards or even fire if in contact with electrical sources. The source of water needs to initially be fixed before restoration work begins. If the leakage is not addressed, damages will continue. Once the source is repaired, the restoration process can begin. Tips for water damage:
- Water damage can contain contaminants and other possible threats. Wear proper protective equipment before coming in contact with the water, and be on the lookout for sharp objects, electrical sources near the water, and other dangers.
- A qualified water restoration company will be able to proficiently treat the affected areas to ensure they are properly dried and decontaminated.
- Be aware of possible mold growth. Moisture issues can potentially produce mold, so it is necessary to treat water damage as soon as possible to avoid mold growth.
Mold in a Hotel Guest Room
Mold can affect any property as long as the ideal conditions are met. Common mold locations include bathrooms and kitchens. If mold is present within a hotel it can put the well-being of guests and staff at risk. Anyone who is exposed to mold risks health issues, ranging from minor symptoms to more extreme conditions, depending on factors such as the individual, amount of exposure, and mold toxicity. Tips for mold problems:
- Test the property for mold. Having a professional mold test completed by a qualified industrial hygienist helps to determine the affected area(s) and mold toxicity level.
- Do not attempt to be a mold specialist. Avoid touching the mold without the proper safety equipment and disturbing the mold in general as it could result in mold spores spreading throughout more areas of the hotel.
- Upon receiving the test results, contact a SERVPRO of E. Fullerton/Placentia to ensure the mold is safely and completely removed.
Fire Safety for Hotels
Sometimes unexpected problems may occur. One danger that may develop is fire, which can cause tremendous damage. Whether a kitchen or electrical fire, the damages that can result can be hazardous and therefore need to be properly addressed. Fire damage can cause major setbacks for a hotel, so it is important to know what to do if a catastrophic fire occurs.
Tips for fire damage:
- Assess the damages. To maintain safety, items such as food, clothing, furniture, etc. should be carefully inspected by a fire damage service provider before returning to the property.
- Do not overlook smoke and soot. Smoke and soot inhalation can cause severe health concerns, so it is necessary to inspect the hotel for such damages.
- There may be possible water damage. When fire officials use water to extinguish the fire threat, the water can potentially cause additional damages. The affected area(s) must be properly dried and treated to avoid further damages and possible mold growth.
SERVPRO Fullerton Placentia
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