Updated: Sep 4, 2021
The many festivals and holidays in Malaysia bring fun and festivities with the holidays, which means increased inventory and increased fire risk for warehouses. The holiday season is hectic for warehouses, but you should not let your fire protection fall through the cracks. Preventing fires and protecting your property from the costly and dangerous effects of fires is of utmost importance. Increased and unusual staffing schedules, blocked pipes, and expanded inventory and waste are all circumstances that put your warehouse at an increased risk of fire. Keep reading for some tips on how to protect your warehouse property from fire, and contact Hegel today for fire protection services.
INSPECT AND TEST ALL OF YOUR FIRE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
If your warehouse has a fire protection system already in place, it most likely includes a fire alarm system and fire extinguishers. Depending on your warehouse stores’ type of products and materials, you may also have a sprinkler system or a fire suppression system. It’s essential to have these protections in place throughout your property. However, these systems will not protect you if they are not in working order; therefore, it is crucial to have your fire alarm system, fire extinguishers, sprinkler system, or fire suppression system inspected and tested regularly. Fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and fire suppression systems are required to be tested and inspected at intervals laid out by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards 10 and 72, as well as your local fire codes. Hegel provides fire protection equipment testing and inspection services for your fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and fire suppression systems as the NFPA and local municipality fire codes require. Regular inspections and tests can keep your protection systems working in order and ready to activate if a fire is detected.
INSTALL ANY MISSING FIRE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
Suppose you happen not to have the fire protection equipment mentioned above. In that case, you should contact Hegel today to discuss your fire protection systems design and installation as soon as possible. The best way to mitigate the costly and potentially dangerous effects of fire in your warehouse is to have a working fire protection system. Not only do these systems give your employees crucial time to escape a fire, but they reduce the potential damage a fire can do by alerting authorities faster and extinguishing fires before they can destroy your entire warehouse inventory. In addition, the fire protection equipment listed above is mandatory depending on the size and type of warehouse you own. Hegel can help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming world of fire protection services and help you determine the right fire protection equipment for your warehouse.
USE SAFE INVENTORY STORAGE METHODS
Although fire protection systems are great at reducing the negative impacts, they do not necessarily prevent a fire from occurring. To prevent a fire from starting in your warehouse this holiday season, start practising safe inventory storage methods right now. One of the most significant hazards during the holiday season is the increased inventory. This leads to overcrowding and the accumulation of waste. However, these habits are some of the riskiest for your warehouse. Therefore, it’s important to establish safe practices like keeping sprinkler heads clear of products, leaving space between pallets, and regularly eliminating cardboard waste.
CREATE A FIRE SAFETY PLAN
If a fire occurs, you must prepare a fire safety plan to protect your warehouse, inventory, and workforce. A proper fire safety plan will include preventative strategies like:
Keeping spaces uncluttered by both inventory and waste to allow for safe fire exit
Checking electrical systems for proper function and eliminating faulty cords
Keeping the HVAC heating system up to date and prohibit the use of heat-producing equipment
A safety plan will also include procedures to follow if a fire is detected, like an evacuation plan and how to use a fire extinguisher.
Train your Workforce on Fire Safety
To do this, you need to have the cooperation of your employees. Meet with your employees (mainly seasonal workers) and communicate the fire safety plan for your warehouse. Employees should practice the evacuation procedures and properly use fire protection equipment, such as fire extinguishers.
Hegel can help organize and teach fire safety training and workshops to make sure your staff is prepared in the event of an unexpected fire this holiday season. Contact Hegel today for more details on fire protection services, equipment, and training.