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Understanding Commercial Fire Causes

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

We all know that commercial fires can cause great damage and a loss of profit to businesses. Not only that, but it can also result in a period of downtime where your business is unable to function. Despite this, do you know what the most common causes of these fires are? In this article, we share with you more about the top 5 commercial fire causes to watch out for.

Cooking Equipment

It may come as no surprise that many commercial fires are caused by cooking equipment as they require high temperatures and highly flammable oils to function. However, one shocking thing is that this does not apply simply to restaurants, which many people may think. Any facility that has a kitchen is likely to fall prey to a commercial fire caused by cooking equipment, such as healthcare facilities and educational institutions.

Electrical Equipment

As dependent as we are on electricity today, few of us can profess to be unaware of the risks that come with it. Electricity is used in modern commercial buildings for lighting and power, and several problems can cause a commercial fire. These include old or defective wiring, loose connections, faulty fuses, overloaded circuits, imbalanced electrical loads and many more.

Heating Equipment

If your business is located in an area that experiences at least a few months of cold weather each year, chances are you make use of heating equipment to keep your workers and customers warm. This can include furnaces and heaters. When heating equipment overheats, a commercial fire can break out.

Smoking Materials

It is common knowledge that lighted cigarettes can start a commercial fire if they are not disposed of in the proper manner. The good news is that fires caused by smoking materials are on the decline due to the introduction of “fire safe” cigarettes. However, it still remains amongst the top five causes of commercial fires. Smokers should pay extra attention that their cigarettes are completely extinguished, and employers should enforce strict guidelines around the disposal of smoking materials.

Intentional Fire Setting

If a heat source has been misused for any reason, a commercial fire can be caused by intentional fire setting. Be very careful with this as it is only considered arson if the fire starter had malicious intent.

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If your property has sustained damage from a commercial fire, call in the fire damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO immediately. Our technicians are available round the clock under our 24-hour emergency services as we understand that fires do not wait for normal business hours and we want to get your premises back to working condition quickly. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the expertise as well as the tools and equipment necessary to address any complications you may face. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

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