Why Fire Safety Should Be Your Company’s New Year’s Resolution
With the arrival of every new year comes plenty of resolutions – decisions made to change our lives for the better. The problem? Most don’t last because we don’t actually think of how to make them happen.
In this post, we’ll discuss how commercial fire safety ticks all the boxes as a New Year’s resolution, with the added benefit of being achievable!
Health (and safety)
Living healthier is the most popular resolution for 2022, according to YouGov. Almost a quarter (23%) of people gave that exact response, while 20% made a resolution to lose weight more specifically, 7% want to exercise more, 5% intend to stop smoking and 2% would like to drink less in the new year.
Clearly, people care about their health – which is why it’s unfathomable that any commercial site would lack precautions for fire. Smoke from fire can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s health, causing its own problems for the lungs as well as aggravating existing conditions. That’s not even mentioning the potential for fatalities, with around 3,500 deaths from fire in the US every year.
A workplace essential
Finally, there’s the financial impact of fire. While 13% of people have financial resolutions for 2022, not so many of them will be thinking of the terrible impact a fire can have on their finances.
As above, it can lead to huge legal costs for companies who haven’t taken the right measures. On top of that, there’s the cost of damage caused by fire, which costs $22,244 on average.
With the right fire alarms in place, fires can be detected and taken care of much more quickly. That minimises the chance of them spreading and reduces the damage they cause to your building – not to mention those inside it. While it might increase your outgoings in the short run, the investment you make now will pay for itself over time.
On the other hand, if a leak breaks out without leak detection, it could cause untold damage to your property. According to the US National Flood Services, water damage costs an average of $3.75 per square foot to repair for clean water. That rises to $4.50 and $7.00 for grey and black water respectively.
This can vary based on temperature, humidity, the type of materials impacted and – you guessed it – the length of time water stayed in place. Over the course of a Christmas break, that water could be leaking out for upwards of two days. At the very least it could wreck floors and walls, but it could also cause structural damage to your commercial property.
Fire safety taken care of
Need one more reason to make fire safety your New Year’s resolution? It’s quick and easy to take care of. While the majority of New Year’s resolutions don’t stick, Selectron’s fire safety experts can make fire prevention a breeze by installing and maintaining suitable, high-quality fire alarms at your commercial property.
To find out more or arrange an inspection, don’t hesitate to get in touch.