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Make Sure You Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your Commercial Building

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.

Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall.  They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building.  OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting.  They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.

Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis.  In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.

In the unfortunate event that your business does experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis at (707) 724-8977.  We can help you recover from a fire and return your business to its condition before the fire began.  We are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week so call us for all your fire, water or mold restoration needs. 

Help Protect Your Commercial Building From Fire

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fires in Commercial Buildings can cause a great amount of damage, but there are three easy things a business can do to prevent the most common commercial building fires. 

  1. Surprisingly, the top cause of commercial building fires is cooking fires. But a fire extinguisher placed near the kitchen area can give employees the power to stop a small cooking fire from spreading.  Be sure to train your employees on how to use the extinguisher and make sure they are still in good working condition.
  2. Fire alarms can save lives and property from damage, yet many are left unchecked and are not properly maintained. Be sure to check the fire alarm in your building or office to make sure that it working correctly.
  3. A commercial fire sprinkler system can put out a potentially deadly fire in a commercial building. Have the one in your commercial building tested annually.

Be sure that your business has what it needs to protect itself from a crippling fire and be proactive in helping prevent damage to your business by following these three easy guidelines.

If you do experience a fire in your commercial building, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairefield/Dixon/Davis to help you recover.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at 707-724-8977.

Protecting Your Commercial Building From Water Leaks

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Undetected water leaks can cause a great amount of damage, especially if they continue for an extended period of time.  Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.

  • Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building.  In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
  • Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate. 
  • Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
  • Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak. 

If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis.  We can help find where the water is coming from and help to make it “Like it never even happened.”  You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 707-724-8977.

Proud to Serve Davis

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon/Davis is proud to serve the Davis area.  Our team understands what it means to be a small business and how to effectively serve our surrounding communities.  We also understand that even the briefest of business closings can have catastrophic consequences not only for businesses, but also for their employees.  So we work hard to get your business back up and running as soon as possible so that you can continue running operations as normal. Should your business be affected by COVID-19, our team is Here to Help!  We have been providing our proprietary Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned cleaning protocol in and around Solano and Yolo Counties as businesses have had exposure to COVID-19.  We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home. Call SERVPRO of Davis today at 707-724-8977.

Our Story

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

This picture shows a lot of water on the floor of the reception area of SERVPRO's offices. SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon experienced their own personal water loss recently which resulted in their offices and warehouse flooding.

We are a restoration company, the professionals you call when your house has flooded, burned, filled with smoke or you find mold.  We are the ones you call when you need help because some sort of disaster has happened in your home or place of business to provide relief and assistance, to answer your questions and help get things “back to normal.”  We are the company that has a small army of individuals who are ready at a moment’s notice to arrive on scene and help in an emergency situation, so damage is lessened and property is saved.  We are not the ones whose business is being flooded, but in the tail end of 2020 that is exactly what happened to the company who helps and saves and restores. 

A fire hydrant located immediately behind our company’s warehouse where all our equipment and offices are located was hit by a vehicle right around noon on an otherwise quiet Tuesday.  The force of the impact jarred the hydrant, causing it to break off from the water pipe.  At that point, there was nothing to stop the water from escaping from the underground water pipe that serves the hydrant and water shot up from the exposed pipe like a geyser at a rate of approximately 6,000 gallons per minute.  What goes up must come down, and down it came causing a small lake in the area behind our warehouse.  There were three suites/warehouses immediately in the path of the water; SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon was lucky enough to occupy two of them. 

Since all of our production crews were out on various jobs sites, the large slide up door we use to access the warehouse was closed and water almost immediately rose to approximately two feet on the outside of the door.  But it didn’t stay outside very long.  Within a matter of seconds, the water began to run under the door and into our warehouse - not slowly seep, but rather gush like a current running downstream.  As luck would have it, the owner of our franchise was just returning to the office and could not help but notice the side of the parking lot resembled a small lake and could see water spewing up from the hydrant.  He immediately informed the office staff of the situation, who went to work elevating and unplugging computers and electronic devices and quickly moving anything in our front offices that could potentially be damaged by water to higher ground. 

The water quickly covered the entire floor of the warehouse, a 2,200 square foot area, which was filled with all of our restoration equipment, packing boxes and supplies and cleaning solutions.  Ultimately, the fire department was able to turn off the water supply so the surge of water into the building stopped and power to the building was shut off.

With no production employees on hand at the time of the incident, our Production Manager immediately contacted our the Crew Chiefs and directed them to make their way back to the warehouse as soon as possible.      

What happened next was an orchestrated and coordinated effort unlike any I had ever been a part of before.  I should have remembered - this is what we do, this is what our crews are trained for - but in the severity of the situation and the shock of having just experienced such a massive and urgent water loss, I lost site of those facts for just a moment.  I was immediately reminded of those truths however, because our crews wasted no time putting their skills to good use.  After a quick coordination meeting, everyone had their assignments and went to work.  There were two areas to tackle – the offices and the warehouse.  Crews assigned to the warehouse started by squeegeeing the water off the floors.  Next, they began moving all the equipment outside to a dry area or to the suite immediately across the parking lot, which we had quickly secured as an alternate storage area for our supplies and equipment.  There were many cardboard boxes that were stored in the warehouse that were now soaked through, so some of our crews began transferring contents from those wet boxes to dry ones, making sure to only replace dry contents in the new boxes and label each box carefully.    

At the same time that our warehouse was being dried and cleared out, another crew was fast at work in our front offices.  First on the list was getting rid of the water on the floors that had pooled in the reception area, as well as in our two carpeted offices.  This was accomplished through squeegees and extractors.  Critical during this period is timing - you want to work quickly to extract the water to minimize the damage, all the while being extremely cautious because the water can cause the area to be extremely slippery and hazardous.  Within a relatively short period of time, the bulk of the water was eradicated and the next step was elevating everything that was sitting directly on the floor so drying can begin.  File cabinets and desks were lifted and furniture blocks were placed underneath to allow air flow and discourage mold from forming.  Dehumidifiers were also placed throughout the offices to absorb moisture.

With the immediate threat to property relieved, and knowing that all our employees were safe, our thoughts turned to what any other business would logically be concerned with – “How do we open for business tomorrow?”  Well, the business can’t run unless the office is working, so our focus then became getting the administrative portion of our business up and running.  Our crews stepped up again, transferring everything we needed for our administrative staff to the suite next door including rewiring computers, transferring phones, moving files and carrying supplies. 

You might think this story took place over the course of several days, or maybe even a week, but water started flowing into our warehouse as 11:50 a.m. and we closed our doors at 5 p.m. that same evening, knowing that we had a very messy and damp office to return to the next day, but also knowing that the phones would ring, the computers would turn on, and that the trucks would be dispatched to customer’s homes.  And if it wasn’t obvious before, it became crystal clear that we have an amazing assembly of individuals who are our employees who came running when their own “house” was threatened, who worked tirelessly in water and mud to lessen the damage and restore their own workplace to how it had previously been.       

What we also reminded was that EVERY COMPANY AND EVERY HOME needs an emergency plan.  Everyone in your home and business needs to know where your emergency turn off valves and electrical panel is located and how to cut off power if needed.  You also need to think out and write out exactly what needs to be done in the event of an emergency at your own home or business.  Be specific.  SERVPRO actually can provide this service for you free of charge.  We can help you create your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) which will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in case of an emergency, just like we experienced.  We created an ERP for our own business, which was a great help determining what to do and who to call and provides solutions in advance of an emergency.

If you do experience any kind of loss, be sure to document that loss with plenty of pictures showing exactly what was damaged before you move or clean up anything. 

And remember to stay calm, take a moment to think about what are the most important things to do with the time you have and then execute your plan safely and quickly.

Everyone will experience some sort of emergency at one time or another.  No home, business or person is immune to it.  But having superior employees who banded together to work quickly and expertly helped minimize damage at our own business, and I can say with confidence that we can help those in our community if they experience a similar situation. 

Call us today and let us help you write your story.  

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon.  Here to Help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  707-724-8977.

Think PASS When Using a Fire Extinguisher

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

The time to learn how to use a fire extinguisher should not be when you actually have to use it.  Review these easy steps below to teach yourself how to effectively use a fire extinguisher in the event that the need arises:

To remember how to use a fire extinguisher, think of the word PASS:

P = PULL the extinguisher’s safety pin

A = Aim the extinguisher at the source of the flames, standing at least 6 feet from the fire

S = Squeeze the trigger and hold it down; keep the extinguisher upright

S = Sweep across the source of the flames until the fire is completely extinguished

After reviewing these tips, if you are still unsure how to operate your fire extinguisher, take a trip to your local fire house.  The fire personnel at your neighborhood station will be more than happy to show you how to use your extinguisher. 

If you do experience a fire at your home or place of business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon.  We can help you make it "Like it never even happened."  We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week at (707) 724-8977 for all your fire, water and mold remediation needs.

Commercial Cleaning Services

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows hand cleaning a credit card machine SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon can help clean your business. Call us today at 707-724-8977.

SERVPRO professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties.  We use EPA approved products and follow the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices. 

If you are interested in inquiring about our services, we're here to help - 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the communities we all call home.  Call us today at 707-724-8977.

Air Scrubbers Get the Job Done

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows an air scrubber device Air scrubbers like this one help rid your business of smoke smells after fires.

The large number of fires that have affected our neighbors and friends have had a large impact on individual homes, but they have had a devastating impact on commercial businesses as well.  In addition to the soot and debris that has rained down on the outside of businesses, the inside of commercial buildings have been left with a smoky smell, similar to their residential counterparts. 

One way SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon has been aiding our commercial customers is to provide businesses with air scrubbers.  A HEPA filtered air filtration device (commonly referred to as an air scrubber) processes the air inside a structure.  HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and these devices trap particles as small as .3 microns or .000036 inches small.  To try to put it into perspective, human hair averages 50-60 microns and pollen averages anywhere between 10 and 200 microns. 

Air Scrubbers suck in air through filters then “scrub” it to remove any contaminants and blow the new, filtered air back into the room ultimately leaving the room free of that smoky smell associated with fires.

Numerous businesses have contacted SERVPRO inquiring about renting these units and using them in their businesses to help rid the air of the smoky smell that is left long after the fires have subsided. 

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon has provided a wide variety of local businesses with air scrubbers from business offices to bike shops.  They are easy to use – you just plug them in and let them run.  They are a little loud, but very effective of ridding the area of bad fumes. 

If you find the need for an air scrubber, contact SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon and we would be happy to provide you with a device at a reasonable cost.  Call us anytime at (707) 724-8977.  We are Here to Help.

Power Washing - Not Just for Your Backyard Furniture

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Pictures show a man power washing a sidewalk. Call SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon for all of your commercial power washing cleaning needs. We are Here to Help.

When you think about power washing, you might automatically think about using the high powered water device for cleaning of your common household items, such as driveways and decks.  But pressure washers play an important roll in the day to day operations of commercial businesses as well.  Pressure washers come in a variety of sizes and have just as many uses, many of which SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon can assist your commercial business with by providing cleaning services.  

 For example, our company has used pressure washers to clean bus stations, public bathroom facilities and water fountains.  By using high-pressure, narrow jets of water to blast dirt free, pressure washers are able to get rid of ground-in dirt that won't normally come off with just water and a scrub brush.  And because the machines only use water, they don't damage most hard surfaces, making them extremely versatile. 

Other areas that commonly need cleaning in commercial facilities that can be served by a pressure washer include parking lots, concrete or tile patios used as break areas for workers, and floors used for storage.  These are all areas that can accumulate dirt and grime which can be more easily removed by a power washer than a simple mop or broom. 

SERVPRO of Vacaville/Fairfield/Dixon can help your commercial business will all their commercial cleaning needs, including all those that involve pressure washing.  Call us today at (707) 724-8977 to schedule cleaning at your commercial facility today.  We are Here to Help. 

Keep Your Eye Out For Water Leaks in Commercial Buildings

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

This is an image of a water meter showing high levels of water present This water meter is indicating high levels of moisture in this commercial building. SERVPRO of Vacaville can help with this problem. Call us today.

Undetected water leaks can cause a great amount of damage, especially if they continue for an extended period of time.  Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.

  • Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building.  In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
  • Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate. 
  • Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
  • Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak. 

If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville.  We can help find where the water is coming from and help to make it “Like it never even happened.”  You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 707-724-8977.

Tips to Prevent Commercial Building Fires

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Image shows a pile of discarded fire debris and a worker Don't let this happen to your place of business. Use these helpful tips to keep your commercial building safe.

Fires in Commercial Buildings can cause a great amount of damage, but there are three easy things a business can do to prevent the most common commercial building fires. 

  1. Surprisingly, the top cause of commercial building fires is cooking fires. But a fire extinguisher placed near the kitchen area can give employees the power to stop a small cooking fire from spreading.  Be sure to train your employees on how to use the extinguisher and make sure they are still in good working condition.
  2. Fire alarms can save lives and property from damage, yet many are left unchecked and are not properly maintained. Be sure to check the fire alarm in your building or office to make sure that it working correctly.
  3. A commercial fire sprinkler system can put out a potentially deadly fire in a commercial building. Have the one in your commercial building tested annually.

Be sure that your business has what it needs to protect itself from a crippling fire and be proactive in helping prevent damage to your business by following these three easy guidelines.

If you do experience a fire in your commercial building, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville to help you recover.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at 707-724-8977.

Fire Extinguishers are Required in All Commercial Buildings

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Images shows two people looking at a fire extinguisher It is important to review how to correctly use a fire extinguisher with your employees on a regular basis.

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.

Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall.  They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building.  OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting.  They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.

Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis.  In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.

In the unfortunate event that your business does experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville at (707) 724-8977.  We can help you recover from a fire and return your business to its condition before the fire began.  We are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week so call us for all your fire, water or mold restoration needs. 

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher - Think PASS

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

The time to learn how to use a fire extinguisher should not be when you actually have to use it.  Review these easy steps below to teach yourself how to effectively use a fire extinguisher in the event that the need arises:

To remember how to use a fire extinguisher, think of the word PASS:

P = PULL the extinguisher’s safety pin

A = Aim the extinguisher at the source of the flames, standing at least 6 feet from the fire

S = Squeeze the trigger and hold it down; keep the extinguisher upright

S = Sweep across the source of the flames until the fire is completely extinguished

After reviewing these tips, if you are still unsure how to operate your fire extinguisher, take a trip to your local fire house.  The fire personnel at your neighborhood station will be more than happy to show you how to use your extinguisher. 

Schedule Duct Cleaning for your Business

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

There are many benefits to having the air ducts in your office professionally cleaned.  A thorough air duct cleaning reduces the amount of interior cleaning and dusting necessary to maintain a hygienic work area because it reduces the dust that would otherwise circulate throughout your work space.  Periodic air duct cleaning also promotes a healthier environment because harmful contaminants and micro-organisms such as pet dander, pollen and mildew are not allowed to recirculate in your office.  Having your air ducts cleaned also improves air flow efficiency which will allow your furnace and air conditioning units to operate at peak efficiency and provide the most cost-effective performance for your energy dollar.  

SERVPRO of Vacaville now provides duct cleaning services, so call us at 707-724-8977 to schedule your duct cleaning work today.

How Will Your Business Respond to a Disaster?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  By allowing SERVPRO to help your business develop an Emergency Ready Profile, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

What Are the Advantages of an Emergency Ready Profile for Your Company?

  • This concise document contains all the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Provides a guide to get you back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations and priority contact information.
  • There is no cost to your business for this service.

Call SERVPRO of Vacaville today to get started on our Emergency Ready Profile for your business.  You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (707) 724-8977.

Help Prevent Fire in Commercial Buildings

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fires in Commercial Buildings can cause a great amount of damage, but there are three easy things a business can do to prevent the most common commercial building fires. 

  1. Surprisingly, the top cause of commercial building fires is cooking fires. But a fire extinguisher placed near the kitchen area can give employees the power to stop a small cooking fire from spreading.  Be sure to train your employees on how to use the extinguisher and make sure they are still in good working condition.
  2. Fire alarms can save lives and property from damage, yet many are left unchecked and are not properly maintained. Be sure to check the fire alarm in your building or office to make sure that it working correctly.
  3. A commercial fire sprinkler system can put out a potentially deadly fire in a commercial building. Have the one in your commercial building tested annually.

Be sure that your business has what it needs to protect itself from a crippling fire and be proactive in helping prevent damage to your business by following these three easy guidelines.

If you do experience a fire in your commercial building, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vacaville to help you recover.  We'll make it like it never happened.  707-724-8977.

Preventing Water Leaks in Commercial Buildings

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water may be essential to life, but it can cause a great amount of damage to a commercial building if it ends up where it shouldn’t be and is undetected for a long period of time.  Here are a few of the most common types of leaks in commercial properties and how to fix them.

  • Faucet Leaks – With frequent use, faucet parts can wear out over time and when the seal or other components begin to leak, it can lead to water loss. This can substantially increase your water bill as well as cause major damage to your building.  In order to avoid loss, prepare any dripping sinks as soon as you see them start to leak.
  • Toilet Leaks – Like faucets, toilets have a number of parts that can deteriorate and lead to issues. One faulty or leaking part leads to other damage, so be sure to replace toilet components as soon as you see them begin to deteriorate. 
  • Underground Leaks – These types of leaks can often go undetected, but there are tell-tail signs of their existence, such as areas of wet soil, areas where grass or plants are growing faster than surrounding areas (due to increased water supply from your leak), and a significant rise in your water bill.
  • Hidden Leaks – These types of leaks are the most difficult to detect, but can cause the most damage because they remain undetected for long periods of time. If you notice water marks or swelling of walls, ceilings and floors, you likely have a hidden leak. 

If any of these types of leaks are detected in your commercial building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vacaville.  We can help find where the water is coming from and help to “Like it never even happened.”  You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 707-724-8977.

Preparing Your Business for a Power Outage

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Power outages disrupt a businesses’ operations, but here are some steps you can take now to limit the impact a power outage will have on your business.

  • Assemble an emergency kit – This should include first aid items, tools, blankets, flashlights, batteries, a manual list of important phone numbers and a floor plan for your office that shows emergency exits.
  • Get Power Surge Protectors – Power surges can occur when electricity turns back on, which can destroy important business information. If you experience a power outage and don’t have surge protectors at your place of business, turn off all electrical equipment during the outage to avoid damage to your electronics when power is restored. 
  • Train your employees – It’s important that your employees know what to do when the power goes off. Be sure to retrain and review your emergency plan often.
  • Most Importantly STAY CALM – Remaining calm and thinking through your actions before reacting is the most important element to staying safe during a power outage. And if you stay calm, your fellow employees and customers will most likely also.

SERVPRO of Vacaville is happy to provide you with these tips so you will be prepared the next time there is a power outage in your area.    

Fire Extinguishers in Commercial Buildings

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are required in all commercial buildings in California, and there are specific requirements regarding training of your employees in many areas of fire prevention and safety.

Cal OSHA regulations stipulate that fire extinguishers must be placed in areas that the employees can easily access, such as in a cabinet or mounted to a wall.  They should be placed near exits to reduce the risk that people will be trapped by fire inside a building.  OSHA regulations also mandate that all employees must be trained on the basic principles of using fire extinguishers, as well as the hazards that are typically involved with firefighting.  They should also be trained on the process for reporting a fire, how to evaluate the size of a fire, and how to keep an exit route in good condition in your place of work.

Training must be provided to every new employee, for employees assigned to emergency response teams, and to all other employees on an annual basis.  In order to be safe, make sure your company is following all of these guidelines.