You’ve just moved to a new office, and you are all prepared to run your business and reach your goals, but all of a sudden, there is fire, and you lose everything. This scenario is not as uncommon as you may think it is. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there were 100,300 cases of fires in nonresidential buildings from 2014 to 2016. And those incidents cost $2.4 billion.
Today, we’ll be talking about how you can minimize the risk of fire in your business premise by hiring the right fire watch service.
Start with the Internet
Google has become the most powerful tool in finding professional services of all kinds, including fire watch services. Let’s say your property is in Denver. Once you look for Denver Fire Watch Services on your browser, you’ll encounter several companies with various backgrounds and promises. To find the right one, you should observe their Google ratings first one by one. Then examine if they appear on Google Map so that you can estimate if they can dispatch their fireguards fast enough to your place. After this, proceed to the step below.
Discuss the Fire Watch Regulations
Now that you have several services on your list, you should interview them one by one about the watch regulations. Usually, they will follow the jurisdictional standard of service, but you have to make sure nonetheless. For example, if you need the fire watch service to protect your site because of your fire alarm and extinguisher system malfunctioning, the fire watch service must conduct a patrol at least once per hour. Ask them about how they will record the times, locations, and observation reports on the fire watch log, and see if their method suits you.
Think About How Many Patrol Guards You Will Need
This depends mostly on how big your site is and how hazardous it is. For instance, if your property is a warehouse with highly flammable materials inside, then you will need at least one guard per floor. But if the premise is big and consists of several rooms, then you may need five or more guards there. The best way to find out about this is to consult your fire watch service directly.
Determine How Long You Need the Service
Although you should protect your property from fire in any way you can, it does not mean that you should hire fire watch guards to patrol on the site every day. The cost will be extreme. And that is, of course, if you don’t deal with hazardous materials. If you do, that will be a different story.
Typically, you will need fireguards to watch over your property for 2 or 3 days for a malfunctioning fire sprinkler system. In other circumstances, this may extend to several weeks or even months. Please note that you can also use fire watch services to guard a construction site, especially when there are activities involving fire.