Opening a brick-and-mortar business is more complicated than many people realize. In addition to all the planning required to design and furnish the sort of workspace you need, you must also adhere to relevant your area's relevant rules and regulations. Consider a few things your shop may require to meet fire safety standards.
1. Fire Extinguishers and Suppression Systems
Depending on how large your building is and how it will be used, the type of fire safety equipment you must have on hand may vary. Small properties may only need fire extinguishers; however, fire extinguishers come in various sizes and you may need a particular type to be in compliance with fire safety regulations. Installation of fire code California in larger sites, on the other hand, may involve sprinkler systems.
Many, though not all, businesses must have smoke detectors. Some may also require manual fire alarm switches and carbon monoxide detectors. Even if your building doesn't strictly have to install smoke detectors, these devices are very effective when it comes to controlling fires and protecting your property. You may even wish to hire a company to monitor these alarms overnight.
Practically all commercial buildings must have two dedicated fire exits with lit signs near them. Note that exits don't always have to be doors. In some situations, a fire exit could be a window.
Finally, you may be required to obtain a permit from your local fire department before opening your business. Additionally, firefighters may come to inspect your building as often as once every year to make sure you still meet all fire safety standards.
As you prepare to open your business, your to-do list may feel interminably long. Even so, many of these tasks are critical to the safety of your employees, customers, and property. Make sure to thoroughly research the fire code in your area so you don't miss any key steps.