National Fire Prevention Month – Commercial
Highlighting National Fire Prevention Month – Commercial
October is National Fire Prevention Month and a time when service departments across the country work to spread fire safety and prevention awareness. Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the national observance began in response to several fires which broke out within days of each other, including The Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871, which killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 people homeless.
On that same day, several fires started along Lake Michigan’s coast in which an estimated 2,400 people had lost their lives. While the observance is primarily focused on preventing residential fires, it is a good time to consider fire prevention in the commercial setting.
While it is impossible to perform background checks on customers and vendors, it is important to perform background checks on employees as part of the hiring process. This can help rule out candidates with questionable backgrounds.
Implement an Awareness Policy
Studies show that most shooters give some indication of their plans before an event. Educate employees on how to look for signs of distress and provide a way to make others aware of that distress.
By providing counseling you provide a way for issues to be defused before escalation.
Equip Your Retail Premises with Physical Security Solutions
When considering physical security technologies for your retail business, consider the five elements of security; Deter, Detect, Deny, Delay, and Defend. Apply physical security technologies to protect the property starting at the perimeter. Today’s commercial physical security technologies
Consider technologies including:
- Access Control to prevent infiltration or isolate a threat
- CCTV/Video Surveillance to deter violence and monitor activities
- Intrusion Detection to prevent or detect infiltration attempts
- Communication Systems to help control access and communicate instructions in an emergency
Provide Emergency Training
Train key personnel on how to respond in an emergency and implement store-wide emergency response drills. The more often these drills are performed, the more likely you can execute a safe response in an emergency.