1. PRACTICE SAFE HEATING
Heating is the second leading cause of death and injuries due to fires. During the cold winter months this risk is raised because of increased heater use. Avoid placing things too close to heaters that are potentially flammable. Never leave a heater on when the business is unattended. Space heaters that automatically shut off are a good investment to prevent a potentially dangerous scenario.
2. MAINTAIN AND CHECK SMOKE DETECTORS
Though it can be difficult to remember in all that the winter months can bring with holidays and business, it is as important as ever to regularly check and maintain your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Changing the batteries and testing smoke alarms once a year can help in detecting a fire and preventing it from spreading,
3. BE CAREFUL WITH DECORATIONS
Though they are fun and bring cheer and warmth to a room, be wary of potential fire hazards that some decorations may bring. Keep decorations away from doors and windows, avoid using nails to hang up any chords (try clips or tape instead) which can prevent frayed wires, unplug any lights or other electrical decorations when they will be unattended.
4. EDUCATE YOUR CO-WORKERS
Lastly, education can be a powerful first defense against fires. If you see anything potentially hazardous or even questionable, bring it up. Educate your co-workers on the dangers of frayed wires or unattended heaters and lights. The more educated and intentional people are about preventing fires, the more help you can have with fire prevention.