8 Ways to Fireproof Your Business—Floor Coatings & More

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Let’s be honest, the only flames you want to kindle are at a campfire or with an old romance. Fires are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the nation. In 2011, one structure fire was reported every 65 seconds and one civilian death from fire occurred just under every three hours in the United States. Fires cause billions of dollars of damage each year and can easily be prevented by implementing some fireproofing techniques.

  1. Clean up: Too much accumulated junk in the office such as paper, garbage, paint cans and batteries can actually feed the flame and instantly create a more dangerous environment. Keep things tidy to prevent fires. You’ll also get a leg up on spring cleaning.
  2. It’s Electric: Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of death and damage across the country. It’s imperative that you throw away frayed extension cords, check outlets to ensure they’re not being overloaded and to dispose of old electrical equipment.
  3. Some like it hot: Even though you rely heavily on the productivity of your heater during the winter, it’s easy to forget about. Maintaining your furnace is essential in reducing the risk of fire. A clogged filter can lead to overheating. Replace your filter according to the directions of the manufacturer.
  4. Use Caution in the Kitchen: For businesses with kitchens, keep stove area clear and avoid leaving food unattended. Make sure kitchen staff members push up sleeves or tuck away any article of clothing that might dangle into the flame.
  5. Brush it away: Clear brush, old leaves and debris from the facility grounds in order to prevent a quickly spreading fire.
  6. Keep it Simple: Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are a must, as you know, but it’s easy to forget to double check them or apply fresh batteries to detectors. Smoke can knock you unconscious quickly and detecting it early is always best.
  7. Everything in its Place: Hide matches and lighters in a secure spot away from children. Route an emergency plan to escape your building in case of fire or other disaster and post it where others can reference it easily.
  8. Leave it to the professionals: Invest in life-saving fireproof floor coatings. Intumescent coatings provide a protective thermal barrier, are lightweight and pleasing to the eye. There’s also cementitious fireproofing, which facilitates a safe exit for the fire and is both durable and cost-effective. Check with your local painting and coating companies to see if they are properly qualified for fireproofing services. If you’re looking for a contractor in the California area, call Cor-Ray Painting Company at (562) 906-9770. They specialize in both intumescent coatings and cementitious fireproofing. Feel free to glimpse at their impressive undertakings, such a metalizing the roof of the San Diego Library or the blasting and coating job completed at the Oakland International Airport here.
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