Arson is the leading cause of fires in the US, and it’s a terrible crime that destroys lives and businesses. Here are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself from not only arson, but accidental fires as well.
There are a number of security measures you can take to protect your home and business from arson.
For starters you should remove trash and debris from the front and back of your business. Don’t leave out combustible material like wood crates and pallets. Arsonists will use the trash and debris as kindling. Ideally, your trash should be stored in a locked container.
If you have chemicals and flammable material in your place of business, be sure to properly store them. The material should also be in a secure place.
Your business should also be well lit at night. Lights and cameras that cover your property will discourage arsonists and other criminals. Your business should also be burglar-proof to prevent an arsonist from entering to set a fire. To be safe, you should install a burglar and fire alarm system. You should also install smoke detectors and have a fire extinguisher on hand. These are essential for fire safety.
You should have a fire safety plan for your home and business, and you should hold drills at least four times a year. Contact your local fire department and they will assist you with your plan and drills, and they’ll help you train your employees on arson prevention and fire safety
If you have a home-operated business, don’t assume your homeowners insurance will cover you business losses in a fire. Check with your insurance agent.
Lastly, you should be observant and report any and all suspicious activity to the police.