ARSON PREVENTION FOR BUSINESSES
Arson is a very serious problem, often producing devastating results. Businesses can TakeAction to reduce the threat of arson by following these suggestions:
Make Your Property Less Inviting to Arsonists
- Keep the property well lighted at night.
- Trim shrubs and trees to eliminate potential hiding places.
- Paint the building white or use light coloured bricks so that intruders are more visible at night.
- Secure all external ladders and stairways so intruders do not have access to upper floors.
- Make your property as burglarproof as possible. Use good deadbolt locks on all doors and secure all windows. Install a burglar and fire alarm system. Do a perimeter check of the building at closing to ensure it is secure.
- Erase graffiti and repair any minor vandalism as soon as possible. The more run-down your property appears, the greater its chance of being attacked by vandals or arsonists.
Keep Combustibles Out of Sight
- Dispose of all garbage and refuse properly and get it off-site as soon as possible.
- Store combustible materials, such as wood crates and pallets, away from all buildings.
- Store chemicals and other flammable liquids properly, and restrict access to them by locking them in a fire-resistant cabinet when not in use.
- Familiarize yourself with fire hazards inherent in common combustibles that your business may use (e.g., plastic packaging) or business processes, such as mixing of hazardous materials.
Practice Fire Safety
- Install smoke alarms and automatic/tamper-proof sprinklers. Have them inspected and tested by a qualified contractor annually.
- Develop a proper fire safety plan and ensure designated people are aware of their responsibilities for fire safety.
- Educate employees about arson prevention and fire safety.
Remember, vigilance is the best weapon against arsonists. Report anything suspicious to police immediately by calling 204-986-6222.
For more information about arson prevention, contact the Winnipeg Police Community Relations Unit at 204-986-6322 or email them, the Winnipeg Fire Department Fire Prevention Branch at 204-986-6358 or the Winnipeg Anti-Arson Hotline at 204-986-1000.
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