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The high frequency of operations in the retail business may lead to negligence of actions, which might cause fire hazards. A fire protection checklist ensures that no such activities are left undetected to ensure operation safety in a retail business.

Tasks in the retail store involve electrical sources, socket dangers, and flammable products that can cause fire hazards. Fire extinguisher compliance ensures fire extinguishers at designated places that make them easy to access during emergencies.

Introduction

Fire extinguishers are critical to safeguarding your store against a fire emergency. They can help to contain small outbreaks of fire and prevent flames from spreading and causing further damage. However, your business should implement the best fire safety practices by keeping highly flammable items such as clothing, paper, and cleaning chemicals away from electrical outlets.

Process

Since fire extinguishers help mitigate fires in their earliest stages and because fires can spread quickly, the only effective fire extinguisher is the readily available one. If an incident does occur, the best step would be to ensure that all the employees and customers are safe and have successfully evacuated the premises. Then call the local fire department to inform them of the situation. After that, if the fire is small and contained, the fire extinguisher can help to eliminate the fire effectively.

Dos

  • Ensure that your fire extinguisher undergoes regular servicing.
  • Their placement should be at a location that is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
  • Place the fire extinguisher close to the areas with sources of electricity.

Don’ts

  • Do not keep flammable liquids close to the fire extinguisher.
  • Do not use extinguishers that have been tampered with or damaged.
  • Avoid using a device that has a missing seal or is past its expiry date.

Corridors and halls blocked with materials could cause serious hazards, resulting in life-threatening accidents and injuries. Therefore, they should have sufficient clearance and should be kept clear of any obstruction.

Introduction

Retail stores are very vulnerable to fire hazards because of the array of items kept on display that are easily flammable, while also keeping in mind that there is a presence of electrical connections and cleaning products. Given all these risks, it is crucial to have a proper fire protection plan in place, and one of the ways to do this is to chart out an effective fire escape plan that will protect both employees and patrons alike.

Process

Among the critical factors to fire protection is to have an effective evacuation plan, as an incident can strike at any time. Not only do the employers need to identify the means of escape, but they should also clear the aisles and passageways for a possible evacuation. Equipment and display items should not cause any blockage or obstructions in an incident. Rescue personnel enters these areas, and any blockage may prevent them from entering and taking prompt action. Exit routes and pathways must be well–lit and marked with exit signs, thereby making it easier to locate them. And lastly, all emergency doors must lead directly to the exit routes and ensure that the doors are not locked or fastened in such a manner that employees and customers who need to escape can easily open them.

Dos

  • Always make sure that you are aware and have verified your nearest and most accessible exit route.
  • Ensure that there are no obstructions or hindrances that come in the way of the exit routes.
  • The outside area of the exit should be clear to expedite the evacuation in case of any fire mishap.

Don’ts

  • Do not keep appliances, equipment, or stock in places that can potentially block passageways.
  • Avoid keeping password-protected emergency exits that would make escape difficult for customers and employees.

For retail businesses, fires pose a threat to customers, employees, and inventory. Therefore, it makes it all more crucial for them to handle a fire. With a fire detection system, retailers can get instantly notified in case of smoke and fire, helping them take immediate actions.

Introduction

Reliable fire detection in the workplace will help promptly detect fire and send out warnings so that the employees and customers can escape the store. But to prevent a fire from occurring, proper safety measures should be put in place, such as the early discovery of potential fire hazards.

Process

Just like any other workplace, a retail establishment is vulnerable to fire hazards too. Overloaded circuits, old/defective wiring, bad fuses, loose electrical connections, and several other electrical or lighting problems can lead to overheating or cause sparks that can ignite a fire. In addition, certain products in a store, such as clothing items, are easily combustible and flammable. To avoid triggering fires, place these products away from electrical cords or sources of power.

Dos

  • Always keep combustible and flammable items away from sources of power.
  • Ensure that there are no lighting issues such as flickering or burnt-out light bulbs.
  • Ensure that you switch off sources of power when they aren’t needed.

Don’ts

  • Do not keep faulty or loose wiring or electrical cords around in the store.
  • Avoid overloading power sockets.