Covering the Basics: Easy Ways to Increase Safety Readiness

By Mike Drew, The Reschini Group

At your mother’s knee, you learned the basics.  Look both ways before crossing the street.  Hold the railing when using the stairs.  Leaves of three, let them be.  These simple instructions kept you safe – or safer than you would have been otherwise, at least.

The same principle holds true in the business world.  The simple things still count.  The basics still keep you and the people and property for whom you are responsible, safe.  Things like:


  • Smoke alarms – Are they installed at critical locations throughout your property? Do they work?  Are they tested regularly?  Do the batteries get changed twice a year (a good reminder is to do this when switching the clocks)?
  • Carbon monoxide detectors – Do you have these easy-to-use detectors installed, to guard against this silent killer? See the smoke alarm questions for guidance here, as well.
  • Sprinklers – When was the last time these were checked for proper operation and installation? If not present, do they need to be, based on your local fire code requirements?
  • Exits – Are these clearly marked? Do the signs illuminate properly?  Is there a clear path for people to get out?  These questions apply to both offices and converted residential structures that serve as places of business today.
  • Training – Do you regularly offer information and encourage dialogue about safety practices at your place of business? When was the last time you held a safety or fire drill?  Do your people know where to gather in case of an emergency evacuation?

These are just a few of the basics to keep in mind when assessing the safety readiness of your business.  None of them are difficult.  All of them can spell the difference between safety and tragedy.  Contact The Reschini Group for more information on effective safety policies and practices.

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