Make sure you’re prepared and able to protect your workers and business
Although most of us hesitate to picture ourselves at the office when an emergency strikes, the truth is that anything can happen at any time. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to keep your workers safe, and having an emergency kit onsite is a key way to do so. While most companies have a first aid kit and fire extinguishers, you may want to consider stocking up on some additional items that can be critical in the event that a disaster strikes. To make sure you’re ready and supplied with the proper equipment, check out the top items to have handy:
First aid supplies
One of the most important items you should have on hand is a complete first aid kit that contains everything necessary to treat injuries, pain, and life-threatening events until help can arrive. Here’s what you need:
Bandages: several sizes of adhesive bandages, sterile gauze, and cotton balls
• Disinfectants: cleansing wipes and gloves to clean wounds, scrapes, and cuts
• Pain relievers: aspirin, ibuprofen, and other over the counter medicines
• Defibrillator: a portable automatic external defibrillator can be used to restore heart rhythm if someone on your team suffers a heart attack
• CPR masks: these masks are used to perform CPR safely by placing over the unconscious person’s mouth
More Emergency items
In addition to your first aid supplies, make sure your office has these emergency items and that there are enough supplies for everyone working on your team, including yourself:
• Water: it’s recommended that you have 2 liters of water per person per day
• Non-perishables: if you’re stranded without electricity, you’ll need canned foods, energy and granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits
• Battery operated radio: ensure that you’re able to hear updates on what’s happening
• Manual can opener
• Flashlights, candles, and lighters
• Cash: ATMs and banks may not be open so you’ll want to be able to replenish supplies
• Garbage bags: have plenty of garbage bags on hand to cover computers, use as a shelter if there’s a leak in the ceiling, protecting important documents, etc.
• Dust masks: in the event that there is any debris in the office or surrounding areas, dust masks will help filter the air
• Fire extinguisher: make sure you have a fire extinguisher and that is it not expired and that everyone on your team knows how to use it
• Tools: have some basic tools like screwdrivers and hammers as well as duct tape on hand
• Blankets: keep several blankets onsite to help if someone is in shock or to keep folks warm if they get wet or cold, etc.
Remember that no matter what city you’re operating business in, there’s always a chance that an emergency can happen. Being prepared is essential for appropriately protecting your employees and property.
Be sure to have these first aid supplies and emergency items on hand and that your entire team knows what steps to take in the event of an emergency—including an evacuation route.
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