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How to Prepare Your Business for 4th of July Celebrations

July 1, 2013

July 4th fire safetyMany businesses host special 4th of July events every year. Whether you’re a restaurant serving a special 4th-inspired menu or an outdoor amphitheater hosting a concert or fireworks, large crowds and the celebratory atmosphere can pose increased fire and general safety risks.

There is a lot of great grilling, campfire, and firework safety info out there, but what about the unique conditions that businesses face on the 4th of July? Here are some tips that we’ve put together:

  • When dealing with crowd celebrations indoors:
    • Know the occupancy capacities of your building, rooms, decks, and balconies and make sure not to exceed them.
    • Make sure all doors and paths of egress remain clear and unobstructed.
    • If there are lines to get in, make sure they are not obstructing the exits or paths of egress.
    • Make sure all exits are clearly marked.
    • Evaluate all decorations to ensure that they are not posing a fire hazard and comply with national, state, and local codes and regulations.
    • Have enough staff on hand to be able to adequately handle crowd control.
    • If alcohol is being served, have a list of taxi and shuttle service companies and their phone numbers on hand for your staff to give out to anyone who may need it.

 

  • When dealing with crowd celebrations outdoors:
    • Know the occupancy capacities of decks, docks, and staging and make sure not to exceed them.
    • If the area is fenced or sectioned off, make sure all exits are clearly marked and remain unobstructed.
    • Provide adequate lighting in all areas to prevent trip hazards.
    • Make sure all electrical cords, cables, and surface transitions are properly covered to prevent trip hazards.
    •  Evaluate all decorations to ensure that they are not posing a fire hazard and comply with national, state, and local codes and regulations.
    • Provide an adequate number of trash receptacles and make sure someone has been assigned to empty them at regular intervals during the festivities.
    • Have enough staff on hand to adequately handle crowd control.
    • Place fire extinguishers in clearly marked locations and make sure all staff knows where they are and how to use them.
    • Be sure to comply with all state and local regulations regarding smoking and the use of open flames.
    • If alcohol is being served, have a list of taxi and shuttle service companies and their phone numbers on hand for your staff to give out to anyone who may need it.

 

If you have any other safety tips to add to this list, share them with us in the comments section below. Have a fun and safe 4th!

 

Article by: April Green

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