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Business continuity planning starts with safety at home

October 11, 2012
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Businesses and organizations of all types including long-term care communities are focusing on business continuity planning to help ensure that their entity remains viable during a crisis. Planning for unexpected events like fire, natural disaster or a national emergency must be a priority for every facility. The question is, where does an organization start with such an endeavor? I submit that planning for an emergency must start at home so your organization can help protect one of its most valuable resources. Of course, that resource is your employees and their families.

Safety doesn’t happen by accident. Individuals and families need to incorporate a level of emergency preparedness into their lifestyles that is reasonable and sensible. While most of us live in communities that provide excellent emergency response services, an important fact that must be acknowledged is that the first few moments of a potential emergency situation are crucial. Most citizens feel that they have plenty of time to react to an emergency situation and truly believe that a crisis or disaster will never happen to them. When the unimaginable does occur, the unprepared will face serious challenges. A little bit of thought given to personal safety planning can pay huge dividends during an emergent event.

Let’s focus on a common peril that occurs in the home. Fires happen in the home at an alarming rate in the U.S. Statistics reveal that approximately 3,000 Americans die in the place that they are most familiar with each year—their own homes. Residential fires contribute to billions of dollars of loss in the U.S. annually. The majority of these deaths and associated injuries are completely preventable providing that occupants make sure that they utilize safe practices and protect themselves with smoke detectors. Fires in the home typically start from unattended cooking, improper use of candles, smoking, electrical hazards and poor housekeeping practices. By controlling and eliminating potential hazards in the home, the chance of a fire is greatly reduced. Additionally, the presence of an operating smoke detector on each level of a residence will significantly increase chances of survival during a fire. Here are some tips:


Stan Szpytek

President, Fire and Life Safety, Inc.

Stan Szpytek

Stan Szpytek is the president of consulting firm Fire and Life Safety, Inc., in Mesa, Arizona,...