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Why Do Fires Occur in Commercial Buildings?

Why Do Fires Occur in Commercial Buildings?

Fires in commercial buildings are more common than most people realize.

The unfortunate reality is that many fires occur in commercial buildings every year. In many cases, they can be attributed to human error and are usually preventable with proper fire safety practices. Here are just some of the most common causes of fires in commercial buildings.

Smoking

There are many reasons why smoking is not allowed in most buildings. A cigarette or cigar inside a facility can be a major fire hazard. Since this is the case, don’t allow smoking inside your building. If people wish to smoke, they need to do it outside and at a safe distance away from the building.

Electrical

Nowadays, businesses rely on technology for just about everything. Without all of our electronic devices, many businesses would simply not be able to function. With items such as computers, printers, and phone systems, comes all sorts of wires and cables. It not managed and positioned properly, they can turn into major fire hazards.  For example, an old electronic cable that has frayed can spark and start a fire.

Cooking

Kitchens fires happen all too often in commercial settings. In many cases, it is because of user error. Examples of such would be people forgetting to turn off kitchen equipment or using them incorrectly. There is also times where equipment malfunctions and nobody is to blame. Whatever the case may be, every facility should be equipped with a fire alarm and fire extinguishers.

Heating

It is important to never neglect the heater, boiler, or furnace in your commercial facility. These items require routine maintenance and can become major fire hazards if they are properly attended to. On top of that, you also want to be careful not to store items near any of these heat sources inside of your building. For example, if a material such as cardboard was placed right by the boiler, it can very easily catch on fire.

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