Steps to Take After an Office Fire

2 March 2017
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Office fires are an event that may bring down productivity and morale, but they can also be an opportunity to make your building more secure. Here are some of the steps to take after a fire.

Communicate with Employees

The first step would be to let employees in on what you know about the fire. If there is a suspected cause, that is helpful for employees to know as they attempt to help mitigate risk in your office building. Also let them know what steps you are taking to ensure that they building is safe and that a fire won't happen again.

Hire an Electrician

An electrician's role will be to determine if there was an electrical reason that a fire started or escalated. That is a scary possibility if some of your outlets are older or overloaded. The electrical contractor you hire will look for potential sources of liability and provides estimates on the cost to correct these issues.

Check the Integrity of Data

Data centers that are exposed to a fire might not be as reliable as they once were. Check whether any serves were exposed to power surges or high heat and, if so, consider backing up your data onto a different device. And whenever possible, it might be time to consider outsourcing your data protection to a specialist with their own, secure facility to store your servers in.

Replace Damaged Items

Once you have inspected to make sure that there aren't any other impending fire hazards, it's time to start replacing the items that were lost in your office fire. Some of those may be obvious; if your paper was charred by a fire, it has to go. But with electrical components, it's harder to tell when they're damaged. That's why the electrician's role is so important. They can test the voltage at each outlet to determine which ones are behaving unusually. They can also do the same for appliances that might have taken a high voltage during a power surge.

Review Your Insurance Coverage

Fires on your office property may be a wake-up call if you had only minimal insurance coverage before. This may be a time to review your insurance coverage, especially as it applies to fires in particular. It's one of the many steps that you can take to ensure your business won't suffer in the future as a result of fire loss.