Nonprofit Insurance Program

Fire Safety & Your Nonprofit

By Alexa Connelly
August 28, 2012

A fire can destroy your building, injure your staff, and cause harm to your clients and the community you are trying to help. Although not all fires can be prevented, they can be anticipated and you can prepare for them. A fire suppression system can be installed throughout the Nonprofit Organization according to your fire code. Once the temperature hits a specific point or the system is activated manually, it releases chemicals that suppress the fire. Have an evacuation plan, but make sure all employees KNOW the plan. This should include all emergency exits (at least 2), and the number of steps to the exits incase of visibility problems. Policies and procedures for fire prevention should be established including, breathing space for electrical components, no bending of cords, unplug all unused appliances, and smoke in designated areas only. Be aware and knowledgeable about fire safety codes.

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