When you run a business, you know how important it is to keep everyone safe and try to be prepared for anything. While most days will go by without any serious incidents, the fact is you never know when an emergency situation will develop. When it does, having these five safety items at your business can make all the difference.
Should one of your employees or customers suddenly go into cardiac arrest, they will only have a few minutes before dying. While you will certainly be calling 9-1-1 to get medical personnel to the scene, having a defibrillator on-site can greatly increase a victim’s odds of survival. Easy to use without any prior training, today’s defibrillators are fully-automated and walk you through the process step-by-step. You can buy even buy used AEDs which makes them extremely affordable.
First Aid Kit
While you don’t necessarily need a huge first aid kit for your business, you do need one that has enough of the essentials to help you provide first aid to someone until paramedics arrive to take over. A first aid kit for your business should include bandages, gauze, antiseptic, gloves, sterile dressing, scissors, and painkillers.
No matter what type of business you have, you should always have at least one fire extinguisher available for use in case you experience a fire. Since there are different types of fire extinguishers, make sure you have one that best meets your needs. It is also important that you train all employees in how to properly use the extinguisher, and also make sure it gets inspected monthly to make sure it is in good condition.
Personal Protective Equipment
In today’s world of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, it is more important than ever that your business has personal protective equipment, commonly known as PPE. our stockpile should include gloves, goggles, face shields, and respirator masks that can be worn when cleaning up blood or other bodily fluids, hazardous substances, or in other situations that you deem to be dangerous.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Last but not least, always make sure your business has smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that are positioned in various locations and are in good working order. Since carbon monoxide is odorless, having detectors in place will be the only way to help you avert a potential disaster.
Though it will involve some cost on your part and time to make sure everyone at your business knows how to use various types of equipment, it will be worth it to know you are well-prepared should a sudden emergency take place.