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Commercial Fire Extinguisher Safety and Education
If your property takes on fire damage, rest assured that SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is here to help.
Fire safety is a critical aspect of health & safety measures that all businesses must address, and maintaining your commercial property’s fire extinguishers is essential in protecting your employees, property and products from harm.
A fire extinguisher can’t protect anything if nobody knows how to use it. There are many rules and regulations related to fire extinguisher safety, such as the fact that fire extinguishers should be mounted on walls at distances of less than 75 feet that would not be well-known without proper education.
You and your employees must also know how to choose the right extinguisher, as well as how to operate it. This is where it might be valuable to employ some training.
Why Training Is Essential
Let’s take a look at what fire extinguisher training includes and why it’s important:
Fire extinguisher training usually consists of education and practice. You will learn all about the types of extinguishers through lectures provided by a certified instructor. Once you have passed the education portion, you will get to put your knowledge into practice. Generally conducted in an outdoor setting, certified instructors will provide hands-on training teaching you and your team how to use the various types of fire extinguishers.
What would happen if a fire sprung up in your facility today? Would you know how to extinguish it and with the proper extinguisher? Would your employees know how to do this?
This is why training is critical in ensuring your staff has the opportunity to try these devices and techniques before a disaster strikes so that in the case one ever does happen, you all will know exactly what to do.
Your workplace runs the risk of devastating and costly damage if you’re not prepared. While you can’t predict a fire, you can ensure that your employees know what to do to promptly and effectively combat it through proper training. This ultimately minimizes what could have been extensive injuries, damages and expenses.
If your commercial property takes on fire damage, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is here to help. We have teams on deck at all times ready to take your call and begin the restoration process immediately.
Our Commercial Fire Large Loss Restoration Services
Call SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta to restore your commercial property after a fire has caused a large loss.
As a business owner, there are a lot of things to be concerned about when it comes to keeping the doors open. One important element of running a business is having a plan when disaster strikes and strikes hard.
Disasters can come in many sizes, but one that is perhaps one of the most concerning is what is called a “large loss” to your commercial property. A “large loss” is defined as a large scale loss that has a considerable financial impact to your business.
What can SERVPRO do about a large loss for your business?
Emergency Response. We have emergency services on deck 24⁄7 to answer the call for whenever you might need us. We will act immediately to contain the damage and start the repair procedure. We’ve worked with commercial organizations of all kinds for more than 50 years, and we are the experts in cleaning up after large-scale damage and getting businesses just like yours back up and running as fast as possible.
Treating the Damage. Our pros in green consist of licensed experts who have been educated in specialized procedures for removing water and treating smoke damage in your commercial property after a fire. Even if the bulk of your building has been affected, we work diligently to rescue what can be restored and detect issues that may be invisible to the untrained eye. Getting your business back up and running is critical, and we do our best to ensure the work is done correctly and thoroughly while working as quickly as possible. With our knowledge and industry-leading equipment, we’re able to do the most comprehensive job in the shortest amount of time.
When you call on SERVPRO for large-loss restoration services, you can count on consistent communication throughout the duration of the job, the highest-quality products and unmatched customer service. We understand the worry that commercial property damage may cause.
The subsequent difficulties caused by smoke, water from firefighting efforts and structural damage might make your business seem irreparable. You can put your confidence in our technicians, who will work hard to treat the damage, identify any objects that need restoration or replacement, and even coordinate with your insurance provider.
Allow SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta to restore your commercial property after a fire has caused a large loss and interruptions to business. We are on hand 24⁄7, ready to take your call right now.
Your Partners in Business
SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage.
When running a business, to say that it can be stressful at times is quite an understatement. As a business owner, you know how difficult it can be to have things always run smoothly. Major damages or accidents can cause major losses to a company, and that’s something we want to help you avoid.
That’s why you can count on SERVPRO to become your partner in the business world. We are locally owned and operated, and we will help you work through or recover from anything that can possibly take away from your business. Our goal is to help you and your business continue down the road to success.
Large loss recovery. The top cause of financial loss for businesses across the United States are fires, storms and flooding. These things can and likely will cause large amounts of damage, especially if you wait before dealing with the problem. That’s where SERVPRO can come in with our highly trained professionals to help get you on the road to recovery.
Emergency Ready Plan. Preparation is key, which is why you need to prepare your business before disaster strikes. We will help you create and put the perfect plan into place, so that when disaster comes, you know exactly what to do. There are specific things you should consider when planning, like having an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work sites, and how to handle restoration needs.
Cleaning of All Kinds. We can help you with any specialty cleaning needs you have, like biohazard removal,, as well as routine cleaning needs like carpet cleaning or upholstery restoration. No matter what the messy issue is, we will come up with a solution to get it cleaned.
Restoration Services. Whether you’re dealing with storm damage or a small kitchen fire got out of hand, these things require cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley has all the bases covered, offering comprehensive restoration services for water damage, fire damage and storm damage, among other emergencies.
Industry Specialization. We have spent years learning about commercial enterprises, so we know that we can help anyone. We know the ins and outs of a variety of industries and stand prepared to handle those needs. Because we understand how important your business is, we will often enclose a work area during restoration so that your business operations aren’t disrupted. Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.
How Thorough Should My Business' Severe Weather Plan Be?
If you need assistance creating a Safety Plan for your business, give SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta a call today.
If you have not yet done so, adding “create a severe weather plan” to your to-do list is a must as a business owner. Not only is an emergency action plan required by OSHA for all employers, but it is also a good idea for everyone involved.
Being prepared can keep you and your staff safer in the event of a severe weather incident, and can encourage everyone to stay calm in what can quickly turn into a chaotic scenario. However, if you are new to emergency action planning, you may be wondering how thorough your severe weather plan should actually be. While it is important to make sure all of your bases are covered, it is also important to remember that weather is unpredictable by nature and your plan should ultimately reflect that.
The Basic Outline of Your Severe Weather Action Plan
**Determine where everyone will go.** In the event of severe weather that strikes while staff is on-site, it is important that everyone stays put until the threat has passed. You will want to determine in advance what the safest area of your building is, as that is where everyone should go when the weather turns sour. Ideally, this will be a room at or below the ground floor of the building that is free from any windows or external-facing walls.
**Determine what everyone will need.** In the event of severe weather, a power outage is extremely likely. That is why it is important to create an emergency kit for your staff, stored in the area you will seek shelter. This kit should include flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies and anything else to keep everyone comfortable during a power outage. It is also a good idea to include food and water so no one will need to leave the area prematurely.
**Determine your communication plan.** Trying to communicate with employees during a chaotic scenario is less than ideal, so think in advance about how you will keep them updated. Communicate the severe weather protocol in advance, and ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do if there is an imminent threat.
*If your building is damaged by severe weather, you can count on us. Get in touch today to learn more about our restoration process.*
SERPVRO assists with large commercial loss
If your company encounters any damage to your property, call the experts at SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties.
Floods, fires, blizzards and other extreme weather disasters or workplace incidents may cause enormous damage to warehouses, offices, retail shops and other commercial structures.
Flooding and fire disasters are two of the most common causes of severe economic losses.
COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE. Commercial water damage from flooding or other events can be devastating and costly. According to the U.S. government, the average commercial flood claim in the past five years has been around $89,000. Flooding may cause major damage to flooring, building material and drywall, putting the structure at danger. Furthermore, valuable and essential machinery and electronics may be damaged.
When you call SERVPRO, we will arrive as soon as possible to begin removing flood water and prevent it from spreading and creating further damage and difficulties.
SERVPRO professionals are highly trained and prepared to remove huge amounts of standing water and excess moisture from commercial buildings. We can also dry and repair construction materials, documents and electronics that have been damaged.
Our skilled water removal equipment can remove large amounts of standing water, while our cutting-edge drying equipment can remove excess moisture from any afflicted areas of the property. We can restore any of your essential devices (computers, TVs, monitors and so on) and assist in the recovery of lost data if they are damaged. We may also provide comprehensive restoration services if any structural aspects of your building are affected.
COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE. Another disastrous catastrophe that might happen in a business environment is a fire. When they occur, they usually spread swiftly and do significant damage to the property and its contents.
Because damages are caused not only by the fire itself, but also by soot, smoke, firefighting attempts and other byproducts, there is more to clean and restore than the building itself.
We clean up and repair all affected areas after a fire through highly specialized solutions. As well as repairing any structural damage caused by the fire, we can also repair items that have been harmed by soot, smoke or water damage from firefighting efforts as much as possible.
While fires and floods are two of the most prevalent calamities that companies and organizations encounter on their property, there are still a plethora of other large loss events that we can handle. If you are a company owner who has encountered a damaging incident on your property, call SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties and we’ll respond to your emergency immediately.
Understanding Fire Sprinkler System Requirements for Commercial Spaces
If your business is damaged from a fire, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta to make it "Like it never even happened."
If you own a business or other type of commercial space, fire safety is extremely important. Not only is adhering to fire codes a must to allow for your continued operation, but it is also key that you do everything you can to protect your staff and your customers who are working and doing business inside the space.
Preparations can also reduce the impact of a fire, and given that over half of businesses are not able to recover after a fire emergency, doing what you can to reduce a fire’s impact is a prudent move.
One vital element of safety and harm reduction is a fire sprinkler system. While fire sprinklers are not *always* required in commercial buildings, they are more often than they are not—and even if they are not required in your specific situation, it is likely worth having them installed given that sprinklers are effective in stopping 88% of commercial fires when they are installed.
How Do I Know if I Need Fire Sprinklers in My Commercial Space?
While every area will have local fire codes for businesses that may vary, some of the national guidelines are included below:
* Fire sprinklers must be installed in any new commercial building exceeding 5,000 square feet, or any building that is renovated to contain 5,000 square feet after construction.
* Buildings more than 55 feet in height must have fire sprinklers on every floor.
* Self storage buildings must have fire sprinklers installed, except in single story facilities with no indoor corridors.
* If the municipal water pressure to the building is not adequate to pressurize the sprinkler systems, a fire pump should also be installed.
If you are unsure about whether you need a sprinkler system in your commercial space, or you have questions about the system you have, your local fire department will likely be able to connect you with the right person to make an assessment. In addition to installing fire sprinklers, they can help you determine if your fire escape routes, fire exits and fire extinguishers are up to code as well.
If your business is damaged from a fire, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial restoration services for businesses impacted by fires, floods and more.
Reduce the Chance of Commercial Storm Damage
If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call the pros at SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta.
Without warning, high-velocity winds from severe weather can damage your business. No storm’s timing or severity can be fully predicted.
Tornadoes are a common occurrence here in Georgia. Tornado winds can reach up to 300 mph in the most powerful tornadoes. Wind speeds of this magnitude can lift vehicles into the air, tear houses and businesses apart and turn shattered glass and other debris into dangerous projectiles.
It might feel like there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the full severity of storm damage, but a few simple precautions can be taken to help reduce the chance of property damage and save you money on repairs and missed productivity.
It is critical to ensure your roof can hold up against storm damage. Storms may cause shingles to fly off or be broken by hail and debris.
To ensure that your business’ roof is protected against wind damage, get it assessed for a variety of factors, including the following:
- Shingles have a high wind and impact resistance rating
- Shingles are snugly secured and fitted together
- The roof sheathing is set firmly in place
- The connection between the roof and the walls is sufficiently secure to prevent the roof from being lifted off by high winds and updrafts
- HVAC equipment, skylight and pipelines are securely fastened and will not blow away
Exterior Walls and Doors
Different types of exteriors are more or less prone to damage from storms than others. In fact, steel siding is known as one of the most durable siding options available, as it can withstand harsh storms and damaging winds.
Some commercial spaces can be primarily glass, brick or concrete exteriors, which all have different levels of tolerance to storm damage. To make sure your building’s exterior is protected from wind damage, check the following:
- The structure is well-sealed to prevent wind from entering gaps and crevices and damaging the interior of your business
- Siding and windows are attached securely
- All entry doors are triple-hinged and protected with a deadbolt lock
- Overhead doors are well-reinforced and capable of withstanding heavy winds
Many commercial properties have exterior spaces, from walkways to playgrounds. Perhaps you have outdoor benches, tables and chairs or potted plants.
Check the following to ensure that the areas around your property are protected against damaging winds and storms:
- Storage sheds and structures are securely anchored
- Everything you keep outdoors (equipment, inventory and supplies) is either secured or readily moved inside
- Dumpsters, outdoor lighting fixtures and fences are secured
- Large bushes and trees in close proximity to your structure are healthy and pruned
- Outdoor advertising or signage are secured
You’ve worked hard to get your business to where it is today. If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta to handle any and all storm disaster cleanup and restoration.
Whatever the Disaster, We’re Here to Help Your Business
No matter what causes the damage, we can handle it. SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta are your local restoration experts.
Even on a normal day, it’s difficult to operate a business. With so many competing demands for your time and attention, it’s easy to see why managing or owning a business might be a little stressful.
Consequently, if something were to interrupt business like damage from a natural disaster, you might need some experts to step in and lend a hand.
SERVPRO is the industry leader when it comes to commercial disaster cleaning, recovery and restoration. Our goal is to help you get back on your feet after a crisis by handling the cleanup and restoration process so you can continue to focus on what you need to do to keep your business going.
No matter what causes the damage, we can handle it:
Smoke and fire damage. The NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year that cost an annual average of over $110 million in property damage. We can take care of everything from the demolition and reconstruction of your building to the elimination of smoke odors.
Water damage. Damage caused by water seeping inside the building from any number of things, such as a storm, leaky roof, broken pipes, an overflowing water heater and other unanticipated problems, can cause issues from carpets getting saturated to drywall getting destroyed and even structural integrity potentially becoming compromised. No matter what happens, we’ll get you back up and running quickly and thoroughly.
Weather-related disaster damage. Natural disasters affect one out of every three businesses, and many of them are not prepared. One way to be prepared is to know what to do between disaster and the completion of your restoration. We can set your business up with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, which will help you know exactly what to do if disaster should strike.
Regardless of the nature or severity of your needs, we can assist you in getting back to business as quickly as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties when you’re ready to have the best in disaster cleaning and recovery on your side. We’re here to assist you in preparing for or recovering from a catastrophe.
Have a Strong Commercial Fire Safety System
A fire can happen to any business. If your workplace experiences any damage from fire, contact SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta.
Fires can cause serious damage and inconvenience to businesses. Ensuring that you are prepared for a fire before it happens will protect your employees and your facility.
With these four critical components, you can construct a solid fire safety system that will help curb a fire if one happens to spark up at your workplace.
Smoke and Fire Alarms
When it comes to fire safety in the workplace, the first and most important line of defense is a working fire and smoke alarm system. Everyone is alerted when the fire alarm goes off, indicating that there is a possible threat and that an emergency evacuation is required.
Fire extinguishers are really only helpful for small fires, but knowing how to use one could prevent extreme damage to your facility. When using fire extinguishers, you and your employees should use OSHA’s “PASS” system:
P—Pull the pin on the extinguisher
A—Aim at the base of the fire
S—Squeeze the handle
S—Sweep at the fire, and move side to side
The usage of a sprinkler system is important as well. Sprinkler systems can be programmed to activate when the temperature reaches a specific level and can douse even very large flames.
You’ll likely need a professional inspector to provide regular inspections to ensure sprinkler and standpipe systems are properly maintained and running. As with any emergency equipment that is not used every day, ensuring it is in working condition regularly is essential.
Emergency Lighting and Signage
Conditions may be hectic and confusing during a fire. The building’s electrical power also often goes out. It might be difficult to see or navigate the building due to power outage, sprinklers going off, as well as smoke in the air.
People are more likely to be able to see well enough to leave the building and find safety if the facility is equipped with backup emergency lights that turn on automatically, along with lighted exit signs.
A fire can happen to any business. If your workplace happens to be affected, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta has expert fire restoration professionals who can assist you immediately.
The 2 Most Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Water damage doesn’t wait for a convenient time to cause problems. SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta are ready 24 hours a day.
When you’re running a business, it’s easy to let a few things slip your mind. Perhaps checking your facility for water damage is one of those tasks. Water damage can sneak in quietly, but can pack a big punch if it isn’t found and treated quickly.
Water damage can cause expensive losses for business. Thankfully, it’s not impossible to find and address water damage early on, before it gets to be a major issue.
There are a lot of ways water can creep into your facility, but these two are the most common:
Leaks in the plumbing system. A pipe breaks, an appliance hose ruptures or if your facility has a fire, the suppression sprinkler system turns on and drenches your facility in water.
Pipes may also unexpectedly leak during freezing conditions due to frozen water. Burst pipes are sometimes difficult to detect since they are not as visible from the surface and may not always result in obvious puddles of standing water.
Water stains near piping areas or the development of musty odors are evidence of plumbing leaks. You might notice the stains on the ceiling, running down the walls or on your floors.
Roof leaks. Leaky roofs are often the result of severe rainfall combined with insufficient or incorrect roof drainage. Excessive rainfall, such as that seen during natural disasters, may often result in widespread damage when it leaks inside.
This sort of damage has the potential to develop further if it goes unnoticed with fewer people in the facility, like overnight or on a weekend. Roof damage may also result in secondary damage such as unsightly mold development, if left unattended for an extended period of time.
Commercial property insurance typically provides coverage for unforeseen pipe bursts, malfunctioning appliances and sprinkler system water damage caused by a property fire. Insurance also often includes coverage for damage to major equipment, which is crucial in the event of roof water leaks.
Water damage doesn’t wait for convenient times to cause problems, and we don’t wait for convenient times to respond. If water damage creeps up at your commercial property, SERVPRO is ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help.
Fires on Construction and Renovation Sites
If your construction project should be hindered by an unfortunate fire, contact SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta.
A 2020 report by the National Fire Protection Association gives us insight into the most common fire dangers of unfinished properties. Some of these properties are in the construction phase, and some are undergoing major renovations. The published results are the culmination of a five-year study, looking at fires of this nature from 2013–2017.
These details serve to encourage adoption and adherence to NFPA standards and codes while building and renovating, in order to avoid the added cost and time of dealing with fires as a result of code violations.
The top three causes of construction and renovation fires are in a virtual tie for occurrence percentage, though their resulting damage varies. Electrical failure or malfunction causes 15% of construction fires, while another 14% each come from abandoned or discarded materials and heat sources too close to combustible materials.
Electrical malfunction also causes 16% of civilian injuries in these types of fires, while discarded material and combustion from heat sources cause 6% and 19%, respectively. Also of note is that fires caused by heat sources being too near to combustibles causes almost one fifth of all direct property damage from construction fires.
There are a few other causes of significance, though none with quite the impact of the top three. These include welding and cutting in close proximity to flammable materials or objects, unattended equipment, failure to properly clean work areas and various misuses of materials. The combination of these add up to 26% of construction fires and 27% of civilian injuries, but only 11% of property damage from fires on construction sites.
Adherence to fire codes and proper methodologies could prevent most of these unfortunate fires, and while it’s not always the most convenient way to do this, following these well-researched, thoughtfully crafted prevention codes is the safest way to manage any construction or renovation project.
Considering fire agencies respond to more than 6,000 construction fires alone each year, this report shows us that we’ve still got some ground to make up when it comes to proper fire safety methods.
If your construction project should be hindered by an unfortunate fire, we’re here to help, regardless of the cause. Contact SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties to find out how we can help you get back on track.
Water Damage Tips for Property Managers
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Water damage presents a unique set of challenges for landlords and property managers.
For example: Although you as a property manager may be responsible for the general upkeep of toilets and plumbing fixtures, you obviously aren’t going through every property every day to check on each one. So something you might notice as an issue and immediately act to take care of might go either unnoticed by a tenant, or you might not know about it until it’s too far into the problematic phase.
Considering a toilet leak can waste over 4,000 gallons of water a day, this presents a real potential problem.
So you’ve got potential problems in properties you can’t have eyes on at all times—how to you manage to stay ahead of it? There are a number of things you can do, but some overarching themes run through them all.
Routine maintenance is a must.
A thorough inspection every year (or at minimum every two years) is essential. Most bursts and leaks begin gradually rather than all of a sudden, so regular maintenance may help you catch something in its infancy before it becomes a bigger issue. If you need expert help in knowing what to look for, hiring a pro to assist is still cheaper than repairing a waterlogged property.
After heavy rains or periods of snowfall, check roofs and gutters for damage or dams, which could cause water to begin leaking inside.
Maintaining good relationships with tenants can help.
If you foster good relationships with your tenants, they can be your eyes and ears when problems start. This process, of course, begins well before any water damage calls—hopefully you’ve been building good back-and-forth with your tenants from day one by answering calls and responding to needs in a timely fashion.
Your help to them cultivates your ability to ask them to be vigilant about notifying you of issues—and when your tenants trust you to act, they’re more likely to alert you when they notice something, even something as small as a running toilet.
In seasonal shifts or when there’s upcoming nasty weather, be sure to alert your tenants to any potential preparation that needs to be made as well, and you can save yourself some service calls.
Keep properties up to date.
Keeping up with changing technologies for leak detection, maintaining roofing and gutters and water heaters, and replacing older water appliances and hoses keeps your tenants happy, keeps your properties nice and in good shape, and helps future-proof you against damage that could result from neglect or old age.
Even the best landlords and property managers need help sometimes. Contact SERVPRO today to enlist the industry leader for your commercial properties.
A Few Common Misconceptions About Commercial Fires
If a fire should occur and damage your building, reach out to SERVPRO Troup-Coweta. We will create a custom restoration solution for your situation.
It’s common for myths and misconceptions to evolve over time about almost anything that becomes a ubiquitous part of society. A couple of quick ones by way of example: The color red doesn’t provoke bulls to anger. You don’t swallow eight spiders a year in your sleep. And George Washington didn’t really have wooden teeth.
Fire safety is no different. There are long-held thoughts about fires that don’t exactly hold true, and these could make a significant difference in in the amount of damage your business sustains in a fire, or even your approach to fire safety overall.
Let’s look at a few misguided ideas about business fires.
1. Water can’t put out grease or oil fires. The truth is that water can be used, and often is, to put out grease fires. But the way it’s used makes the difference in whether it’s effective or not. Being able to cover the fire from above with a mist or a sprinkler makes it possible to take care of a grease fire without spreading it.
2. A triggered sprinkler system causes more damage than fire. Most people believe that when a system is triggered, all the sprinkler heads go off at once, dousing anything and everything, and bringing as much disaster to the office as a fire would have. But sprinklers go off in zones, and often only one zone, or even one head, is sufficient to take care of a fire before it spreads.
3. Buildings that are up to code don’t need sprinklers. A building code really only makes it safe for occupants to be able to exit a building in an emergency; most aren’t concerned with fire prevention or cessation. A brand-new building that’s built to code may still need additional fire protection.
4. Sprinkler systems go off accidentally. There is such a small occurrence of sprinkler systems triggering without cause that there’s actually not enough data to register it as something that ever happens. You shouldn’t worry about your system accidentally spraying the office down.
There are other commercial fire myths, but these are significant and could make a big difference when it comes to keeping your business or office safe.
If a fire should occur and damage your building or office, get in touch with SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties to get fast, effective restoration solutions underway.
The Importance of a Fire Sprinkler System in Your Business
Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties to learn more.
You’ve got so much invested in your business. When it comes to devastation, there are few things that compare to the anguish of seeing something as precious as your business damaged by, or lost to, a fire.
So you take the necessary precautions, you teach fire safety methods, you maintain extinguishers and you carefully monitor kitchen activities.
But the most important part of your fire plan is something you may not consider often, even though it’s right under your nose—or more accurately, above your head.
The Impact of Fire Sprinklers on Business Fires
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that something called a “sprinkler” could be effective against something as intimidating and destructive as a fire. But the facts bear out that sprinklers are a worthwhile investment, maintenance item and sometimes a requirement for your local business.
A 2017 study by the National Fire Protection Association shows in great detail the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in businesses. The study shows sprinklers to be operative in over nine out of every 10 fires large enough to activate a sprinkler system, and of those fires the success rate in controlling the fire was an impeccable 96%.
That should give you peace of mind as a business owner that your fire sprinkler system is a worthwhile investment—it’s almost always the difference between an operations slowdown and a full-blown fiery loss.
And of course, when it comes to assets, your most important asset is your team. Damage or loss to property or technology is one thing; injury or loss of your employees is quite another. But in businesses with installed and properly maintained sprinkler systems, the civilian death rate is 87% lower than the rate among fires with no sprinkler present.
The data is clear. Sprinklers are a must-have for business owners in the area. They protect structures, assets and most importantly, people. While the number of fires has decreased in recent years, the cost associated with the damage from those fires has increased greatly. The amount you spend on installing and maintaining your business doesn’t compare to the amount it will save you in a fire situation.
If your business has been damaged by fire, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is here to help restore any damaged areas to their original state. Click or call today to get your local SERVPRO agents at your side.
Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster
If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is the team to call.
For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.
It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.
If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.
How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster
**Be sure you have proper insurance coverage.** The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business
owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other
things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.
**Understand the resources available to you.** Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.
**Craft a plan for your restoration process.** Knowing who to call when you have damage to
your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.
*If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.*
Workplace Tornado Preparedness
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It’s one of the most fearsome and least predictable natural disasters, and anyone who has lived through one can tell you why. The tornado has a unique gift for wrecking communities, carving a path of rampant, unfeeling destruction through city buildings and country fields alike.
In March 2021, Coweta County residents experienced just this, in a terribly unfortunate recent example of just how destructive and powerful a tornado can be. The tornado was an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, the second-highest classification we have for these deadly storms.
The mile-wide storm ran through Newnan with winds of up to 170 miles per hour damaging homes, businesses, even the local high school. Seventy homes were totally destroyed, and another 1,700 were damaged.
As a local business owner, this is a scenario you never want to have to consider. But as the March 2021 tornado reminded us, you must be prepared for storm scenarios that could impact your business, your livelihood, and the lives of your employees.
One of the most important things you can do as a business owner is develop a disaster preparedness plan. This includes a focus on awareness, evacuation routes, important data backups and emergency kits. This kind of plan is required by OSHA, and indeed not having one established could leave you open to lawsuits on top of the heartache of damage done to your business and potential injury to your employees.
Set a Safe Place
You and your teams need to know where to go in the event of a tornadic event. The safest place, of course, is an underground shelter or safe room. But if that’s not available (and for many businesses, it isn’t), a small, windowless room on the lowest floor available will make do. If your building isn’t sturdy, instruct employees to meet at the nearest building that will meet these requirements.
Inform and Reinforce
Make sure your teams know how they can keep up with weather alerts, and that they know the differences between watches and warnings. Provide training on the signs of tornadoes, possible weather situations that could cause them and seasonal awareness. Schedule and practice tornado drills regularly to reinforce the information and give them a chance to put your plan into action in a moment without real-life stress.
We sincerely hope you never have to deal with a tornado as a business owner, but should it occur, we are available 24⁄7 to help. Click or call SERVPRO today to find out how we can help.
Should Your Employees Be Certified in First Aid and CPR?
No one wants to imagine a medical emergency in the workplace, but unfortunately they do happen. Being prepared means more than having an office first-aid kit on hand — it means having designated employees who are trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations.
Training employees on what to do in an emergency can mean all the difference if the worst happens. Even short of such crises, emergency-response training comes with other advantages, from increased employee engagement to compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements.
Providing first-aid training and the opportunity to become certified in CPR are ways of engaging your employees and showing that you take their health and well-being seriously.
While that display of dedication may be able to improve employee satisfaction with your organization, it can also help build camaraderie and morale.
It’s also a skill your employees can take with them, whether home to their families or into their communities.