Small Business Tax Center
Small Business Ideas, Grants &
Plans to Start & Run a Business:

Small Business Grants
Network in Cyberschmooz Community Ask Questions Questions and Answers Share Tips Small Business Ideas List Your Business Business Advice from Idea Cafe Experts Coffee Talk with Experts Starting A Business Business Plan Biz Planning | Sample Plans Small Business Ideas Idea Name Your Biz Name Plan Your Biz Plan Financing $ Starting a Business Do It! Running your Business Marketing Tips Promotional Merchandise Marketing Tips Marketing | Sales | Customers Human Resources HR | Employees | Contractors Legal Forms & Tax Information Legal | Biz Forms Managing a Business Managing | Operations
Financing Resources Financing Your Business E Commerce & Webhosting eCommerce Take Out Info Trade Publications FREE Trade Publications Business Books Biz Books Your Own Business Small Business News Small Biz News Gen X Biz Gen X Biz Work at Home Work @ Home Business Information The Fridge - Biz Info on Ice Destress Send Awards Send Awards & Greetings Yoga At Your Desk Yoga @ Your Desk Fun Guide Guide to Find FUN Online About Idea Cafe Press Idea Cafe has received Idea Cafe in the News Idea Cafe's Kudos Kudos for Idea Cafe Advertise on Idea Cafe Advertise on Idea Cafe Privacy Policy Privacy Policy Contact Idea Cafe Contact Idea Cafe Link to Idea Cafe Link to/from Idea Cafe Join Idea Cafe
Search Idea Cafe Site Directory Site Map Online directory to business resources Biz Web Guide

Expert Answers to Biz Questions

Listen in! Pick up some expert advice to a reader's question that we selected from CyberSchmooz.

color business bar

Fire Safety Equipment You Don’t Think About but Do Need


When people think about fire safety equipment, they consider alarms and extinguishers but don’t always think about other things that might help in a fire. Solutions like an emergency lighting system, fire blankets, and fire axes can all be helpful in certain situations, especially in business areas where certain types of fires are more of a risk than they normally would be. Here is a breakdown of what these safety measures offer you and why you should consider including them in your building’s fire plan.


Emergency Lighting Equipment

When smoke fills a room, it becomes virtually impossible to see. By installing emergency lighting ahead of time, you give people a better chance to find the exits in an emergency. The emergency lighting equipment should ideally include LED bulbs to provide maximum illumination with the lowest power requirement. The case protecting the equipment should be stainless steel so it can operate well even in high heat. If you have exit signs or other directional signs, make sure that those are properly backlit so they can be seen during a fire. In most cases, you can hardwire your emergency lighting equipment and connect it to your fire control panel so it lights up when the alarm goes off.


Fire Blankets

Fire blankets are multipurpose tools made of fiberglass material that can protect you from flames in many ways. They are ideal in close quarters and can be used to shield against the spread of fire and smoke, such as through sealing off a door or window or to smother flames if your clothing catches on fire. If you need to evacuate a building and want extra protection against growing flames, a fireproof blanket can serve as a shield of sorts if you drape it over yourself. Fire safety blankets come in containers that are usually wall mounted with pull tabs that allow fast access. This allows you to remove them at a moment’s notice and use the blanket immediately.


Fire Axes

Although fire axes are ideally reserved for use by trained professionals, some buildings can benefit from having these on hand. With a sharp blade and a pick-like end on the other side of the head, such an axe can break down doors and smash windows with ease. If you wind up stuck in a room and need to get out, the use of a fire axe can give you safe and swift egress. If you have a fire axe in your building, make sure that it is kept safely encased when not in use. Most people use a fire box with scored plexiglass that can be broken if the axe is needed for an emergency.


These pieces of fire equipment aren’t things that people think about often when creating a fire safety plan, but they are extremely useful. Consider whether your building can benefit from the presence of one or more of these pieces of equipment. If it can, be sure to buy them and place them in clear areas where they can be put to the best use.


Small Business Tax CenterIdea Cafe HomeSign UpBiz Grant CenterCyberSchmoozCoffee Talk with ExpertsPeople in Biz ProfilesStarting Your BizBiz PlanningRunning Your BizFREE Trade PublicationsMarketingFinancing Your BizHuman ResourcesLegal & Biz FormsManaging Your BizeCommerceYou and Your BizGen XWork@HomeThe FridgeDe-StressSend an AwardSend an eGreetingYoga @ Your DeskWeb GuideIdea Cafe in the NewsAbout Idea CafeAdvertise on Idea CafeContact UsPrivacy PolicySite MapSmall Biz News

Copyright 1995-2024, Idea Cafe Inc. Downloads are for personal use only, not for resale to others, and may not be reprinted in any form without written permission from Idea Cafe Inc.

DISCLAIMER: We hope whatever you find on this site is helpful, but be cautioned that it may not apply to your own situation, or be totally current at any given time. Idea Cafe Inc. and all of its current and past experts, sponsors, advertisers, agents, contractors and advisors disclaim all warranties with regard to anything found anywhere on this family of websites, quoted from, or sent from Idea Cafe. and its related sites, publications and companies. We also take no responsibility for comments published by others on these pages.

TRADEMARKS: The following are Registered Trademarks or Servicemarks of DevStart, Inc.: Idea Cafe®, Online Coffee Break®, The Small Business Gathering Place®, Take out Info®, Biz Bar & Grill®, Complaint-O-Meter®, A Fun Approach to Serious Business™, CyberSchmooz™, and BizCafe™.