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Fire Safety in your Nonprofit

By Alexa Connelly
March 05, 2013

Nonprofit organizations, in most cases have to operate on a limited budget. This then dictates the things that management is willing to invest on and what it lets lie until some extra funding to spend. One of the things that most organizations list low in the priority list yet is very important is fire safety plans. Good news is there are economical ways of implementing fire safety in your organization.

The first step lies in getting an escape plan set out. The most important thing to do during a fire is to get the building occupants out of the building as fast as possible. This can be done through fire escapes or simply via the building corridors and stair cases. To boost on the effectiveness of this, ensure that things that can block such routes and reduce their efficiency stay out of the way.

Secondly, you have to look for a simple fire alarm system. The complexity of the system will definitely depend how expensive it will be to implement. Look for something that actually works without having to be fancy. Practicality is one of the core things that a nonprofit organization should be on the lookout for when purchasing a fire alarm system. In addition to this, consider the maintainability of the system to determine the much you will pay in maintaining the system in good working condition in its whole lifecycle.

Next in the cascade of fire safety ladder is looking for means of maintaining a fire. Many raging infernos start from a small fire that a simple fire extinguisher would have handled. Ensure that you have functional fire extinguishers in the premises regardless of how much it might cost.

Most important of all is avoiding scenarios that create the risk of a fire. This can only be achieved by educating your employees on what is dangerous and can lead to a fire hazard. The best way to instill this knowledge into your nonprofit organization is by taking a friendly approach and cajoling the volunteers to adopt responsible lifestyle rather that force them to do the same.

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