It might not seem like that big of a threat, but fires happen all the time. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 5,000 gas station fires are reported in the US every year. In addition, on average, gas station fires account for 48 civilian injuries, 2 civilian deaths, and $20 million in property damage annually.
Don’t let your business fall victim to a preventable tragedy. Did you know this is Fire Prevention Week? If you don’t already have a fire prevention plan in place, PMAA recommends developing one now. Fortunately, it isn’t very difficult.
If you’re unsure where to start, take an inventory of everything that presents a fire risk at your facility including oily rags, overheated electrical equipment, and piles of dust and debris.Take the time to inspect all of your refrigerators, heating and cooling units, and gas pumps. If you uncover any significant decay or deterioration, make repairs right away.
Next, evaluate your cleaning supplies and storage areas. Many cleaning chemicals are toxic and highly flammable. Take the time to read through all the instructions and don’t place hazardous materials together. You should also make sure fuel tanks, lubricants, and oil drums are clearly labeled.
Finally, ensure all your smoke alarms are equipped with new batteries. You should also check the expiration dates on your fire extinguishers and print up a list of emergency contacts for your staff.