October is National Fire Safety Month. Although the prevention of residential fires is the focal point of the month, employers should also spend some time reviewing workplace fire safety and prevention as it pertains to employees, equipment and property. In 2019, there were 99 occupational fatalities involving fire according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Here are some steps to help prevent or prepare for a fire-related emergency at your facility:
- Practice good housekeeping throughout your facility to eliminate potential fuel sources as well as trip hazards when evacuating the premises.
- Maintain the proper type and amount of fire extinguishers onsite and train the appropriate employees on how to properly use them.
- Ensure there is free access to electrical panels so that they can be shut off easily in an emergency situation.
- Confirm sprinkler systems are inspected annually with any recommendations from the third party testing company completed.
- Revisit onsite chemical storage areas and verify flammables are stored properly. Consider if new ignition sources been introduced to the area.
- Display up-to-date emergency exit diagrams throughout your facility or job site.
- Review emergency evacuation procedures with your employees including the location of rally points.
- Review and update your list of emergency contact phone numbers.
Remember: Prevention is always better than the cure.
At Univest Insurance, we believe it is important for our clients to have a resource to proactively work with to minimize your risk. This is why we have in-house loss control services. As a certified safety consultant, I work directly with clients to complete a thorough evaluation of the business and then advise on the many approaches to reducing risk. A customized plan is created with the goal of minimizing risk, improving profitability and maintaining compliance.
This consultative approach not only improves the safety culture of a business, but it makes the business look much better from an insurance company’s standpoint. When a business is doing all the right things to mitigate risk and lower the chances of having an accident, it positions the business to get the best possible terms and conditions in the insurance marketplace.
By partnering with Univest Insurance you aren’t simply purchasing an insurance policy, you are working with an agency that has your best interests in mind. We don’t want our clients to only call AFTER something has gone wrong. At that point, not only has a company’s profit been impacted, but the well-being of their employees as well. This approach adds significant value to our clients and differentiates Univest Insurance from the competition.
If we can help one company keep your employees safer and prevent a loss, we have done our job. To have a conversation about how we can help your business control its risk, call us at 800-220-3077.
Insurance products offered through Univest Insurance, LLC, a licensed insurance agency affiliate of Univest Financial Corporation, are obligations of and underwritten by unaffiliated insurance companies. They are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency of the United States and are not deposits of or guaranteed by any bank.