Business Services

The Bowling Green Fire Department offers training (url link to Fire Safety Classes and Station tours coming soon!) on the proper use of fire extinguishers – free of charge. 

Fires can occur anywhere and anytime, including places of business.  A few things to keep in mind for fire safety in the workplace:

* Ensure your address is clearly posted on your building and is visible from the street.

* Keep storage at least 36 inches from electrical panels, furnaces and water heaters.'

* Do not tape electrical breaker switches in the open (on) position.

* Check your emergency lighting once a month. This can be done by turning off the breaker(s) to your overhead lighting. Always call a licensed electrician to perform this task if you’re unsure how to. Also check to ensure the light bulbs in your exit signs are working. The bulbs need to work with both normal power and when power is lost.

* Make sure your fire protection systems (fire alarms, sprinklers, and fire extinguisher) are serviced by a Kentucky State licensed company on an annual basis.

* Always keep exits unblocked and accessible.

* Provide a minimum 2A-10BC rated fire extinguisher, mounted and accessible, within 7 feet of all points in the building. Stairs, ramps, and elevators cannot be used in the travel distance. Each level needs separate extinguishers. 

* Keep “combustible” storage and other items at least 24 inches from the ceiling in non-sprinklered buildings, and 18 inches below the sprinkler heads in sprinklered buildings.

* Never use extension cords for permanent wiring. If you need power to an area, call a licensed electrician to install a new outlet(s). Listed surge protectors are allowed, but multi-plug adapters are not.
* Develop an emergency evacuation plan with at least 2 ways out of each room.  Include information about staying low in smoke, checking doors before opening them and provisions to assist people with disabilities and make sure that all employees know the plan. 

* Include an outside meeting spot so that an accurate headcount can be taken after everyone exits the building.  All employees should be familiar with the sound of the building’s fire alarm and should know where fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations are located. 
Visit our Fire Safety Page for more info.