If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you know how crucial it is to safeguard your company’s assets, especially your employees.
Here are some tips to ensure small businesses are protecting everything – and everyone – that helps their companies operate.
• Keep your colleagues safe – While there are many federal, state and municipal codes that regulate fire safety and carbon monoxide (CO) protection, more can be done to make sure your co-workers and employees stay safe and secure in case of danger. Here are just a few ways:
Fires double in size every 30 seconds – according to the U.S. Fire Administration – so employees need to be keenly aware of safe exit strategies in case of fire. Conduct fire safety drills regularly, and be sure to name individuals to help with headcount and communications when you’ve moved to a safe location.
Place fire extinguishers throughout your workplace, and have rechargeable extinguishers serviced by properly licensed inspectors on a regular basis. Ask local fire services or the building department for assistance, especially if you operate in an older facility.
CO alarms should be installed throughout the facility – especially if it has fuel-burning heating systems or equipment.
• Protect all files – Preparation will decide how well – and quickly – your company can recover from disaster or crisis. By keeping all essential employee files, leases, insurance and tax documents in a fire-resistant and waterproof safe, you can rest assured that your assets are protected.
• Always be on the lookout – Even businesses that are closed at night should monitor for suspicious activity 24 hours a day. Security cameras with remote monitoring capabilities allow business owners to watch and record activity at their convenience and peace of mind.
• Cover virtually every threat – Cyber threats are increasingly sophisticated, prompting small business owners to prepare a security plan. Work with your IT team to make sure your system is well protected from hackers, viruses and malware that can put your operations at risk.
Investing in workplace safety is crucial to any business. By implementing these safety measures, you gain the peace of mind to focus on your business and customers.