If you’re like most people, you tend to think that a fire in the workplace is something that happens to other people. After all, you probably aren’t storing fireworks and restaurant grease near an open flame, so why worry?

Well, worrying isn’t very productive, but being prepared is responsible business practice, and often just plain necessary for staying in business. There are approximately 6,000 office fires in the United States each year. Knowing and avoiding the common causes of fire can go a long way toward avoiding a disaster, and maintaining secure off-site storage of critical records can really save your bacon in those not-so-rare cases when a disaster happens anyway.

Here is a list of some of the most common causes of fire in the workplace. Notice that in today’s world fires from faulty electronic equipment has replaced careless disposal of smoking materials as a major cause of fire.

Having a plan in place for fire prevention and immediate response if a fire does happen can save both lives and property. Take a look at one example of a fire safety plan.

And finally, contact us at UV&S for information about secure storage for your critical records.