Fires cause around $600 million in direct property damage in stores and other mercantile properties each year. In 2015 alone, there were 13,570 structure fires in retail environments. The leading causes of fire are cooking materials, including food, followed by electrical wire or cable insulation.
No one wants to deal with a fire at their place of business. Here are some helpful tips to help you prevent fires:
Ensure employees that they are not required to fight a fire, but give them the tools they need to use the extinguisher to get out of the building safely. It is also important to include training on how to activate any fire systems, such as the system over fryers and grills in food preparation areas.