How to cope with a warehouse building fire

29th December 2013

Warehouse building fires can have a devastating effect on businesses. Risk can be managed though by understanding the causes and have a contingency plan if the worst happens. Knowing how to get a temporary warehouse on site and up and running in days is a major factory in the recovery process.

Warehouse building fires can be devastating to any business. Not only has stock been lost but the facility that houses it. Loss of operational time or trading after such a fire can sometimes cause irreversible damage to a business.

By looking at the possible causes steps can be taken to reduce the chances of having a warehouse fire. Causes can include smoking, electricity, heating equipment, electrical, open flame and unfortunately the biggest cause, arson.

Once steps have been taken to manage the possible risks, what steps can be taken to manage the fallout from a fire, should the worst happen?

One of the best ways to remain operational after a fire is to hire a temporary warehouse. Hiring space like this is often thought of as large industrial warehouses off-site. But, you can actually hire modular portable warehouses which are easy to install by using existing hard ground as the base. Because of this they are ideal in emergency situations as you could have one with you and ready to go within days of placing your enquiry.

Understanding more about these temporary warehouses and possible suppliers is probably worth some research. In the event of a fire you then have the relevant knowledge of the buildings and preferred suppliers on standby.

Before putting a temporary warehouse supplier on your list however make sure they can actually offer the emergency response that would be needed. Have they experience in helping other businesses after warehouse fires? What was the response they provided? Days or weeks? The latter would be no good to anyone and couldn’t really be classed as an emergency response.

Once a temporary warehouse has been installed on site and operations running as normally as possibly work can then go into formulating a long-term recovery plan. And, without the worry of an operation running at only 25% you can put some clarity into this plan.

You can read more about temporary warehouses here. Or, you can review Aganto’s emergency response service here.

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