The festive season is fast caving in on us, and with only a short amount of time to go, it is that time of the year where a business might start to plan which award goes to who and which department performed well within the business.
Furthermore, it is again that time of the year where many companies may close for Christmas, and despite all of the fun and festivities which come with this season, it is still essential that you ensure that your commercial business premises is well secured before you can leave for the holidays.
Your business premises is the place you will revisit once all of the fun is over and reality is back in place, hence you need to protect it from elements such as fire and theft.
With that being said, below we will explain some of the ways in which you can secure your business premises from potential fire or theft whilst you are away during this much anticipated festive season, as well as some of the common causes of fire, both at your work premises and even at the home.
A Safe And Secure Business Premises Over The Festive Break
Common Causes Of Fire In A Commercial Business
Overloading The Electrical Sockets
Plugging in too many electrical appliances is one of the most common causes of fire, especially during the festive season. Usually, you will want to decorate your business place to create that festive ambience whilst you are working on the lead up to Christmas day. Doing so might even tend to attract even more clients who are having that festive fever too.
However, when decorating the office, you must ensure that you don’t overload the power outlets as this could potentially cause overheating and as a result you could face an electrical fire in the workplace.
Human Error As A Cause Of Commercial Fire
As humans, we are prone to making mistakes which could potentially result in a fire. A smouldering cigarette, a coffee pot left on the cooker, not turning the cooker off completely at the workplace, or even at the home are all common causes of a fire in both the workplace or in the home during this festive time.
For these, you ought to be careful. However, sometimes it is just a case of negligence and improper handling of open flames.
Some of the fires which occur in commercial places are not just as a result of accidents, as some cold be intentional too. Such fires are usually ignited by a third party who wants to sabotage the business owner, and indeed arson is the best way to financially cripple anyone as most of the time they are not able to save anything.
Other times the motive for such fires is to try and camouflage other crimes done on your premises by one of your workers or even a client.
The Solution To Workplace Fires
Besides you and your employees upholding the necessary measures in the workplace, there are many other ways in which you can stay on alert of any fire, and one of the best ways is by use of fire alarm systems.
Since their introduction into the market, fire alarm systems have helped save millions in commercial property. They come with different kinds of sensors which detect smoke and heat, and as a result, they alarm you.
Both photoelectric and ionisation fire alarms are convenient. However, you should ensure that they are correctly installed, and they are working before you close for the holiday season.
The Installation Of Commercial CCTV Systems
Fire is not the only threat that could surround the business premises, theft could too. However, there is still the chance of remaining on the safe side by installing high-quality commercial CCTV systems both inside and outside of your workplace.
As well as that, you must ensure that they are working so that you can keep an eye on whoever might try to intrude.
Thanks to the technological revolution you can now keep an eye on your business through footage captured by Commercial CCTV systems on your phone. Besides, if there is fire, you will be able to tell whether it was arson or simply an accidental fire judging from the last footage captured by the CCTV systems on your premise.
The festive season is about spending time off and being with your family and loved ones. However, it is never much fun when you can hardly stop thinking about your business and the security of your business. At the end of the day it is the place you will be returning to after the holidays – so you don’t necessarily want there to be any issues when you get back.
For this reason, it is very important that you ensure that your business is properly secured through the installation of physical commercial security such as fire alarms and CCTV systems. This way you can enjoy your holiday with the loved ones, and not have to worry about your business premises because you are confident it is secure. It is always possible for you to monitor the premises via phone if you are curious. Similarly, you will be alerted in case something is amiss.