Closing up for the Holidays? Protect Your Building from Fires.

    For business or commercial property owners, your buildings are one of the largest assets you possess. As commercial contractors, we know just how much money and time goes into developing the building that houses your livelihood – which is why we also know how important it is to protect it.

    During the rush of the holiday season, evaluating the safety of your property may be the last thing on your mind. However, there are certain risks involved with leaving your commercial building vacant during the holidays, including the danger of fires.

    When closing up shop, here are some tips that can help prevent fires in your building:

    1.  Make sure all smoke detectors, alarms, and sprinklers are in working order. Alarms and automatic sprinkler systems can save your building from increased damaged due to commercial fires. Before you head home for the holidays, make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and alarms, and check all sprinklers for leaks, obstructions, or damage.

    2. Protect your important files. The best solution to ensure your files are safe in the event of a fire is to back them up on a server or external hard drive. For physical files that have yet to be scanned, or items of high importance that cannot be stored on a server, it is wise to invest in a fireproof safe. Investing in these two preventive measures will allow your business to continue operations in the event of an emergency.

    3. Prevent arson. In order to prevent intentional fires while your building is vacant, lock up all entrances including doors, windows, and gates, and ensure you have a working alarm system in place. Keep all combustibles, including boxes and bags of trash, away from your building, and illuminate the exterior and nearby alley ways.  Maintaining the security of your commercial property is vital in preventing cases of arson.

    4. Double-check electrical wiring and outlets. Be sure to use best practices with electrical cords. Never overload your electrical outlets, and make sure that all wires and plugs are in good working condition. This includes checking for frayed or worn wires which should be replaced before leaving a building vacant for extended periods of time. Also, every business should have a designated employee to turn off and unplug all appliances at the end of each work day.

    Taking the time to evaluate your surroundings before closing up for the holidays could ultimately save your building. At Leon Williams Contractors, we know that checking for necessary upgrades and potential hazards can ensure your commercial property is safe this holiday season.


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