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Three Ways to Ensure Your Business’s Extension is Fire Proof

 

When running a business, safety in the workplace should always be a top priority. One of the greatest threats which businesses face is fire, which can cause huge amounts of damage in a very short space of time.

Whilst those businesses which actively work with fire/heat (restaurant kitchens, pubs etc,) may be at more risk, all businesses are susceptible, and should take the right measures to ensure they are fire proof. Here are some fire proofing tips for those businesses which are planning to build an extension.

Use Fire Resistant Materials

One of the most effective measures you can take to ensure your extension is fire proof is to build it using fire resistant materials such as brick and concrete, as well as more specialised materials such as gypsum.

If your extension is going to include wood, then using fire retardant treated wood is a good idea if you want to mitigate the risks of a fire. Using the right insulation from a supplier like CCF can also go a long way in improving your business’s overall fire proofing.

Install Sprinklers

Whilst not an absolute necessity, sprinklers can be incredibly effective at putting out small fires relatively quickly, and so are especially suited to those businesses which are at greater risk of fire. They may add to the cost of the extension, but may end up saving you thousands if a fire breaks out.

Again, it is important to purchase sprinklers from a trusted supplier in order to ensure that they are high quality, and can be counted on if they ever need to be used. It may also be an idea to test them on a regular basis to ensure they work.

Training

If a fire does break out, it is the staff who work in the business who are likely to have to deal with it, so training them is of paramount importance. The quicker they can clear the area, the quicker the fire can be dealt with.

It is worth appointing a fire warden and keeping an extinguisher near to the high risk parts of the extension, so that the staff have everything they need to keep themselves safe and prevent the fire spreading.

These are some of the most effective measures you can take to help make your extension (and the rest of the business) fire proof. Some may be more expensive than others, but you can never be too careful when it comes to fire safety.

  • Is the company able to pay debts?

  • How efficient is the company?

  • What is the projected cash flow over the next period?

  • How much can the company invest in expansion?

By utilizing relevant accounting information, you can make logical judgment calls that improve the efficiency of your business operations.


Legality

Good accounting practice that aligns with all the lawful regulations will help you avoid legal trouble. Tax considerations are important for large corporations, and incredibly complex. By engaging in proper accounting practices, you can steer clear of problems with the IRS. Accountants are relied on to provide accurate accounts, because filing with inaccurate accounting can be a legal disaster.

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