Most business and commercial space owners want to prevent losses as much as possible, but unforeseen circumstances, such as a fire, are still unavoidable risks. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that from 2007 to 2011, fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 structure fires in office properties per year. These included “general business offices, banks, veterinary or research offices, engineering, mailing firms and post offices.” These fires caused an average of $112 million in property damage, 44 civilian fire injuries, and four deaths annually.
Commercial fires do not only cause losses in property damage, productivity, and revenue, but they could also result to a temporary or permanent business shutdown. Civilian injuries and loss of livelihood can also be expected. To add are the services required to bring the company back to pre-disaster condition, which could only be done properly by a professional fire damage restoration company, such as ServiceMaster by Wright in Florida.
Learn about the common causes of commercial fire damage and how to prevent them in this article.
What are the Top Causes of Commercial Fire Damage?
These incidents primarily cause the occurrence of commercial fires and their resulting property damage, based on the 2013 U.S. Structure Fires in Office Properties report of the NFPA:
Preventing Commercial Fires
While commercial fires are not entirely avoidable, they can be prevented. Read the following tips to guide employees and workplace staff about fire safety and prevention.
Teach office fire safety. Protection starts with the correct commercial fire safety training. Educate staff on office kitchen fire safety tips, since most fires start in the kitchen. To prevent smoking fires, create a smoking policy that must be enforced at all times. Also, teach staff how to operate a fire extinguisher and when to use it. There is a class of fire extinguisher for every type of fire:
Routine inspection of office equipment. Make sure that appliances are in good working condition. Check electrical systems for frayed or damaged wires and have a licensed electrician repair them. Also inspect heating and electrical systems to ensure that they are working properly.
In the Event of a Commercial Fire, Call ServiceMaster by Wright, Southwest Florida's Trusted Fire Damage Restoration, Repair, and Cleanup Company
When commercial fires have not been prevented, it’s time to call a professional. That’s where ServiceMaster by Wright comes in. We perform fire damage restoration services in Southwest Florida and surrounding areas. Our team will survey the loss site to determine the extent to which fire, smoke, heat, and moisture have impacted your structure and contents. Cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during the fire damage pretesting.
As a leader in this industry for more than 40 years, our professionals have perfected the process for quickly identifying damage, determining the restoration services needed, and minimizing trouble and inconvenience on our customers’ end. We are also an IICRC-certified firm and insurance-preferred vendor in addition to our experience and knowledge in fire damage restoration, so you can be sure that we’ll deliver only the highest-quality results.
Contact ServiceMaster by Wright at 239-431-9947 for fire damage repair services in Southwest Florida and surrounding areas. We cater to clients in Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Cape Coral, Englewood, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Longboat Key, Naples, Marco Island, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Venice.