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What are the most common causes of workplace fires?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2022 | Fires/Floods

Commercial property fires can be devastating to your California company. They interrupt your daily business, cost you money, require repairs, and may even cost lives. Workplace fires also require significant insurance claims. In order to prevent these interruptions to your business, you should understand what the most common causes of workplace fires are so that you can prevent them.

Damaged electrical equipment causes workplace fires

Electrical equipment creates many business and home fires. In the case of commercial fires, damaged electrical equipment causes fires due to overloaded plugs and worn-out equipment.

Cooking areas contribute to workplace fires

Most commercial buildings contain a cooking area, whether it’s a restaurant kitchen or a cafeteria for your workers. Commercial fires can easily start due to overheated stoves, ovens or open flames.

Flammable materials are accidents waiting to happen

Improperly storing flammable materials can create commercial fires. Common flammable or combustible materials that must be stored properly to prevent fire include:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Chemicals
  • Paper

These materials should always be kept away from heat sources. Additionally, any chemicals that are combustible or flammable must be properly labeled to comply with OSHA.

Poorly trained staff may contribute to commercial fires

It is rare that your staff will intentionally cause a fire. However, poorly trained staff could cause fires due to their lack of awareness. Taking time to properly train your staff about potential fire hazards can save you money and time in the long run by preventing a commercial fire. Common examples of training include keeping the vents unblocked, properly handling electrical equipment and storing flammable equipment in the correct locations.

Commercial business owners are ultimately responsible

If your commercial building has a fire, you will ultimately be held responsible. If people are injured, you could face lawsuits. All the hard work you put into your company could be lost overnight due to a fire. Taking simple steps to improve your commercial fire safety can protect you and your company.