Winter Safety Tips for Business Owners and Landlords

With winter weather comes snow and cold. There are also a few fire safety concerns that arise because of this.

Please ensure that your exterior exit doors and pathways are clear of snow and ice. While you are outside also check your heating and appliance exhaust vents (a vent covered by ice or snow may not allow for proper venting of carbon monoxide from the building).
Also please ensure that your building access and fire department connections are properly maintained and clear of snow and debris. This will aid in a safe and quick response by emergency personnel.

Along with the above mentioned winter items, it is still very important to remember your regular inspection and maintenance that is required for interior fire safety features.

Emergency lighting, fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems (if equipped) are required to be properly maintained and inspected.
Fire extinguishers need to be clearly visible and accessible, inspected monthly (I would suggest as part of your health and safety inspections), inspected annually for hydrostatic testing and/or replacement and records must be kept documenting inspections.

Emergency lighting must also be inspected monthly by owner, and tested annually. (records must also be maintained documenting inspections and testing)

Sprinkler systems also require continuous monitoring, inspecting and testing. Records documenting these services must also be maintained.

Have a safe and happy holiday and winter season.

Chief Mike Iles

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