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Flood and Fire Restoration Office SOS: How to Keep Your Workplace Safe

Fire restoration companies such as Proserve DKI suggest that Fort McMurray businesses should check the pressure gauge on their fire extinguishers monthly.

Fire restoration companies such as Proserve DKI suggest that Fort McMurray businesses should check the pressure gauge on their fire extinguishers monthly.

If there’s one thing that Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo residents know about, it’s how to bounce back from disaster. Since the 2016 wildfires, we have risen from the ashes to rebuild our homes and businesses. While some disasters cannot be averted, there are some steps we can take to make our workplaces safer. Education is key. Learn about what disasters can occur to small businesses and try applying some of these disaster prevention tips from Proserve DKI’s flood and fire restoration experts:

Know What Disasters Can Affect Your Workplace

While the wildfire has been one of the most disastrous emergencies ever to hit Fort McMurray businesses, other natural disasters such as floods from severe storms have also caused the need for extensive water damage restoration. Additional natural and occupational disasters that can affect small businesses in Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo include:

  • Sewage backups
  • Power outages
  • Natural gas leaks or explosions
  • Freezing pipes
  • Hazardous material leaks
  • Wind storm damage
  • Tremors caused by industrial activity

Educate Yourself about Workplace Safety Laws

Alberta laws require all employers to keep their workers safe. This includes ensuring you and your workers have the skills and training needed to practice their jobs in a healthy and safe manner. Through the OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Act, the government guides what kinds of certified health and safety training is required for workers with jobs in certain areas —for example, fire restoration companies such as Proserve DKI are required to have government-approved asbestos worker training if handling biohazard cleanup— small business owners still need to have documentation in place that meets the requirements established by the OHS legislation.

Make Sure Your Safety Equipment is Up to Snuff

Knowing what safety equipment to have and how to operate it is essential in averting disasters. Don’t wait for a health and safety officer to write you up a safety order or for fire or flood cleanup companies to have to completely restore your place of business, instead take the initiative to make sure all your equipment is working properly. This includes inspecting, testing, replenishing or replacing:

  • Smoke alarms
  • Control valves and gauges on fire sprinkler systems
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First-aid/emergency kit supplies
  • PPE (personal protective equipment) such as helmets, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection
  • Radio and battery operated communicative devices

Get Some Disaster Prevention Training

You and your staff should also have proper training on how to prevent injury and disasters. This includes:

  • Knowing how to operate all equipment properly
  • Wearing safety/PPE equipment
  • Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher
  • Conducting basic or industrial first-aid
  • Hazardous materials handling
  • How to put an emergency plan in place
  • Learning about any changes to the OHS

Know What to Do After Disaster Hits

While all businesses should have an emergency plan and preparedness kit on hand, it also helps to have a follow-up plan in place. Many disasters require proper handling and cleanup, as unseen hazards can lurk. One of the first calls to make after evacuating the situation and calling 911 is to contact your insurance company as well as a Fort McMurray fire restoration company such as Proserve DKI, which is equipped to handle and clean up hazards caused by fire, wind, smoke, water damage and biohazards. We also conduct sewage damage cleanup.

For more property restoration tips, read how you can Start the New Year Right By Avoiding Home Disasters.

Proserve DKI provides Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo home and business owners with 24/7, 365-day disaster relief. In case of an emergency, call us at 1-780-791-3663.