This holiday season; keep your commercial property occupant’s safety in mind. While you may be aware that more home fires happen on December 25th than any single day except Thanksgiving, the holiday season presents many fire hazards within office spaces, as well.
Each year approximately 1,300 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to the improper installation and us of holiday decorations and lighting. Christmas tree related fires cost an average of $20 million in property loss and damage each year.
Following a few simple safety tips for your commercial property this holiday season can help to avoid any costly preventable disasters from happening.
15 Holiday Safety Tips for Commercial Property Managers:
1) The best location for decoration includes reception areas, lobbies, foyers and break rooms.
2) Do NOT hang decorations from fire sprinklers.
3) Avoid using any decorations that has open flames.
4) Keep all exit corridors, exit signs, fire alarms pull stations, fire extinguishers or hose cabinets unobstructed.
5) Choose decorations that are made of fire retardant materials.
6) Inspect all electric cords and lights for frayed wires or loose connections.
7) Avoid connecting more than three strands of lights.
8) Use as few extension cords as possible and ensure that they are UL rated.
9) Avoid overloading electrical outlets
10) Do not place staples or nails through strings of lights, power cords, or extension cords.
11) Ensure cords are not a tripping hazard.
12) Turn off all decorations when building is closed to avoid fire risks.
13) Keep high traffic areas clear of decorations.
14) Keep Christmas trees away from heat and exits.
15) Keep live Christmas trees from drying out by watering frequently.
Asset Management Alliance has deep roots in the Delaware community helping all types of commercial property owners protect and enhance the value of their investment through employing a diligent and fully vetted management, maintenance and engineering team that is available 24/7 every day of the year.