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Fire Safety 101: Steps to Protect Your School or Agency

No one wants to think about their organization experiencing a fire, but we can’t stress enough the importance of being prepared and going the extra mile to ensure your fire safety equipment is running smoothly. From routine fire drills to training employees on preventative habits, each step is key to protecting your stakeholders should an emergency occur.  


Some fires can be prevented by taking certain safety measures while other types will happen regardless. It is important to have a plan for all types of fires to reduce damage or injury to your students, employees, and facilities. 

Follow along as we outline how to prepare for and prevent fires in your organization. 

Preventing and Preparing for Fires

When working to protect against preventable fires, there are several actions you should take. Supplier partner HD Supply has compiled a checklist to ensure your university, school or agency is taking the necessary steps to be prepared when disaster strikes. Click the image below to download your copy! 

Fire Safety Checklist

Once you have reviewed this list, you may see that you need to install, update or inspect some of your fire prevention equipment. Partnering with a cooperative purchasing organization gives you access to a portfolio of solutions allowing you to choose which one best fits your needs. Several of our facilities' supplier partners offer fire safety programs and are readily available to you.  

Supplier partner Cintas has a fire protection program that can get you ready for the worst with ease. While you may already have the necessary items like sprinklers and fire extinguishers, Cintas is there to inspect your equipment and make sure it is in pristine condition to operate properly during an emergency. 

A Fire Already Occurred, is it Too Late to Utilize a Cooperative?

Although we promote fire safety and preparedness, cooperatives have several solutions for the aftermath of a fire as well. We know not all fires are preventable, which makes the role of a cooperative purchasing partner even more important. Leveraging a cooperative as part of your overall purchasing strategy ensures you have a dedicated partner to walk you through the steps of repairing, should an emergency occur.  

Your university, agency, or school is home to employees, students, and staff, and without an operating building, productivity and learning ultimately decrease. A cooperative can also help you lessen the impact of a fire on your daily operations by speeding up the rebuilding process with contracts that have already been competitively solicited and publicly awarded.  

DKI, one of our industry-leading supplier partners, provides restoration services to public agencies nationwide 24/7/365. The DKI team is highly trained and experienced to help you restore your facilities after a tragedy, such as a fire.  

The Power of a Cooperative

While fire safety and prevention may not be top of mind for your organization at this point in time, it's best to put a plan into action now in order to safeguard from future emergencies. Several of our supplier partners offer programs that help you through preparation and recovery from fires. This is one key way to ensure your students and staff are in good hands and to put your mind at ease knowing you have subject matter experts in your corner.