If your building went up in flames tomorrow, how would your place of worship recover? Not just financially after adding up the cost of pews, stained glass windows, sound systems, and construction – but also in terms of reputation.
Now more than ever, it’s essential for religious organizations to have solid fire safety practices. Read on to see how you can better protect the safety of your staff members, attendees, and guests.
1. Check Your Fire Alarm System
When a fire has broken out in your building, every minute counts. After all, even a small delay can lead to increased smoke damage and late evacuations.
For these reasons and more, it’s a good idea to do regular annual checkups on your fire alarm system. In addition, you may also want to make sure that your fire-adjacent equipment, like your carbon monoxide detectors and your smoke alarm, is in working condition.
2. Have a Working Security System
Arsonists are known for opportunistically starting fires in places of worship.
If your organization doesn’t have security cameras or a system for greeting newcomers, now is the time to create one. These two measures alone can ensure that potential troublemakers won’t have the freedom to wander around in your building.
3. Audit Your Building
Sometimes the best way to fireproof your building is to do a proactive internal audit. A few of the options at your disposal include:
- Having your building’s electrical wiring evaluated by a qualified electrician;
- Being aware of any trees or foliage that could be a potential hazard in the event of a fire; and
- Moving combustible materials away from your main building
By identifying these risks early, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
4. Have the Right Insurance
When a fire has damaged your organization’s building, your insurance policy makes a major difference.
Here at Oracle RMS, we’ve partnered with Ecclesiastical Insurance, a leading provider of charity and faith-based insurance coverage, because we want organizations like yours to have tailored insurance solutions. We’ll help you find amazing insurance at the best rates possible.
Keeping Worshippers Safe With Oracle RMS
When people visit your place of worship, their physical safety is just as important as their emotional and spiritual development. Between the fire safety tips we’ve just provided and your Oracle RMS insurance, however, protecting your facility and your membership has never been so straightforward.
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