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Top Fire Risks for Warehouse and Distribution Centers


Top Fire Risks for Warehouse and Distribution Centers

If you operate a warehouse or distribution center, it is important to understand the fire risk associated with the building. In general, such spaces are quite large and have multiplier fire risks. It is essential for those in charge to understand the Chicago fire safety codes and keep track of protection needs. Reviewing the information below will give you insight into what you might need to consider moving forward within your warehouse or distribution center space to create a safer environment.

Common Fire Causes

In this work environment, there are several factors that contribute to fires. The top cause is electrical and lighting. All electrical components of these large spaces need to be reviewed on a regular basis. This way, any issues can be taken care of so that a fire is avoided.

Trash, heating equipment, combustible and flammable materials as well as cigarette-related fires are also a factor. Trash should always be taken out and not allowed to pool out of cans. Any combustible and/or flammable materials and liquids can easily start fires near trash piles or just in general. Such materials need to be removed from the work environment and put away to avoid any potential fires.

Smoking should be regulated on-site as needed. Employees can be allowed to smoke in designated areas or outside the building. Never have areas for smoking located near flammable or combustible materials.

How to Minimize the Risk

Understanding what can cause the fire is only half the battle. You also need to know how to minimize the risk of your facility. In general, such spaces have very tall ceilings and miles of floor space. There are racks piled high with materials or products. Massive spaces need certain steps and protocols to ensure Chicago fire safety plans are followed.

This includes having the right fire protection equipment in place. You need enough to cover the space of your facility. This can include multiple fire extinguishers as well as several types. You may also need a sprinkler system to handle larger fires.

All fire safety equipment needs to remain intact, changed out as needed, and unobstructed. If fire systems are blocked, then you are placing your facility at a higher risk of damage, injury or death of employees.

Employees must also be trained in fire safety techniques. As each new employee comes in, be sure to go over all fire safety protocols. Every year, complete a refresher for each employee so everyone is prepared and knows what to do in the event of a fire.

If you need further assistance in ensuring your industrial property has a minimized risk of fire, contact our office for more information. We are happy to help with additional security measures to prepare for fire safety needs.

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