Essential Items for Your Business’s Security
Maintaining your business premises secure and providing a safe working environment for your employees takes more than just good intentions and hoping for the best. Because there are so many unforeseen events that can happen, such as fire, flood, break-ins and employee accidents, it is essential that, as a business owner, you think seriously about how you can make your business more secure. Before you run the risk of being hit with a lawsuit for negligence or lose thousands of dollars in damages that could have been prevented, check out these essential items for your business’s security:
Fire Alarm And Smoke Detectors– A fire alarm and smoke detectors in your building are fundamental. Regular testing and drilling of systems and employees is essential to ensure that your alarms and detectors are correctly maintained and that everybody knows exactly what to do in the event of a fire. According to NFPA guidelines, smoke alarms should be installed in all important areas, such as the meeting room, kitchen, offices, and bathrooms. While some blazes are unpreventable and unexpected, the vast majority of building fires could have be avoided by installing the right equipment.
Fire Extinguishers– Most businesses will be required to have several fire extinguishers at easily accessible places throughout the building. Make sure that they are up-to-date, as fire extinguishers have an expiration date. Test them regularly as out of date fire extinguishers can be a major cause in failure to get a fire under control.
Counterfeit detector– Especially important if your business carries out a lot of cash transactions. A counterfeit money detecting machine can quickly verify bills’ authenticity and prevent losses from counterfeit money that can add up to considerable sums per annum. Make sure that your business is secure and that the money you accept is legitimate.
Secure Safe– You can protect your important documents, valuable items, and cash in the case of a fire or break-in. There are many safes on the market and the best way to know that you’re buying a quality one is to check its certifications and buy from a reputable retailer. Better yet, think about getting the safe professionally installed so that you know it will be insurance approved and securely fitted.
Burglar Prevention System– While many people cut costs here to avoid spending money (It’s not like we’re all money making machines, after all), installing a robust burglar-proof system that includes high security locks and an alarm can save you thousands of dollars down the line. You could also think about adding security cameras and an access control system that lets you keep track of people’s movements around the building.
Your Cyber Security Is important Too– Cyber security ensures that your information systems are protected in the event of fire, theft, or damage. Look for an experienced and trustworthy provider who can help you with cloud computing, data recovery and data storage to ensure your business records remain intact.
Roadworthy Company Cars- According to OSHA, workplace-driving accidents cost employers an average of $60 billion a year. So if your employees need to drive a company vehicle, make sure that they are inspected each month and necessary repairs are made as soon as possible. You can also install GPS software so that your cars are accounted for at all times and your employees’ safety is never compromised.
Michael Peggs is the founder of digital marketing agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.