Retail store owners and managers, as well as commercial real estate investors, often face responsibilities that are outside their areas of expertise—and in-store fire protection is a major example! To reduce your exposure to risk from fire damage and injury to staff, customers, property, and inventory, you need a well-designed fire suppression and protection system. Our company is here to help.
At United Fire Suppression, we offer customized fire protection solutions for your Tampa area store(s). We can also provide expert fire suppression consulting, fire sprinkler testing, fire system repair, fire extinguisher upgrades, and maintenance of your retail fire protection system. Whether you need a brand-new fire sprinkler system installed or you simply want your existing fire protection system tested and evaluated, you can count on us!
Industry analysts at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found that between 2009 and 2015, fire departments across the country were called to more than 13,000 mercantile and retail store fires each year. Unfortunately, the retail store structure fires caused, on average, 12 fatalities per year, plus about 300 burn or smoke inhalation injuries. Property damage to the retail and mercantile sector was estimated at over $600 million.
Let our experts help you prevent such tragedies at your retail store! Call (407) 218-8348 or contact United Fire Protection online today!
Fire Safety Risks for Tampa Retail Stores and Department Stores
NFPA found the top causes of retail store fires include:
Cooking equipment – One-fifth of all retail store fires involved cooking in break rooms and on-site kitchens.
Flammable gases/liquids – About 40% of fire deaths at retail establishments were due to flammable-material fires, which made up less than 10% of total fires. As you might imagine, these fires (where heat came too near to flammable items), were especially destructive and dangerous.
Electrical lighting or wiring malfunction – Electrical issues contributed to over 20% of retail fires, including nearly 30% of total property damage and 16% of burn injuries.
Intentional fires – Sadly, it was found that 11% of retail fires were set deliberately. They caused about 20% of the property damage.
Smoking – Smokers and smoking materials accounted for about 6% of fires and 4% of property damage.
The study found that the most costly retail fires occurred after business hours, when stores were empty of employees/customers and the outbreak of fire was not sensed quickly enough (or sensed at all) by automatic fire protection systems. (In some cases, fire protection systems were inoperable, or none were installed).
Get proper fire protection systems for your retail locations, to help prevent fire-related catastrophes and loss of life. Contact the experts at United Fire Protection today.
Our Fire Protection and Suppression Services for Tampa Retail Shops and Shopping Centers
Our industry-specific, customized fire protection for retail stores include products and services like:
- Fire extinguishers: Smaller retailers (or retail tenants at your shopping center) might not buy their own fire extinguishers — or get the right kind. They may not properly train their employees to use them. At United Fire Protection, that’s what we do for you!
- Fire suppression: We design advanced fire suppression solutions, such as sprinkler systems and more, tailored to the needs of your retail establishment.
- Emergency and exit lighting: If power goes out at your retail store, and/or a fire occurs, safe evacuation is crucial. Our emergency lighting, audible and visual fire alarms, and signage help employees and customers escape unharmed.
- And more!
Make sure your store is ready for anything and reduce your retail risks — with state-of-the-art fire protection systems designed by Central Florida’s United Fire Protection. Call (407) 218-8348 now.
The Most Experienced Fire Protection Company for Retailers in Orlando
The United Fire Protection team stands ready to provide comprehensive fire suppression systems, tailored to retailers’ specific needs, including fire code compliance. We provide and service fire suppression systems for Tampa businesses like yours.
Learn more about our fire protection services designed especially for the retail industry. Contact United Fire Protection at (407) 218-8348 to schedule your site assessment and estimate today.