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Marion County Fire Rescue encourages safety while reopening community

Marion County Fire Rescue is encouraging business owners to keep safety a top priority while reopening amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Many businesses, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making preparations to reopen or have reopened on a limited basis. While developing plans and coordinating preparations to reopen to full operations, it’s imperative to remember the importance of practicing fire and life safety.

Marion County Fire Rescue’s Prevention Division offers the following reminders for businesses during the reopening period:

  • Inspect all exits and remove items that may block or restrict an exit from being used. There must be clear and unobstructed paths to all exits to the building.
  • You may restrict access to one entrance, however all exits must be available for egress.
  • Identify all fire protection items, such as fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations and sprinkler heads and ensure they are easily accessible and all inspections on these items are current.
  • Verify the operation of all emergency lights and exit signs in the location. Be sure to test the equipment on primary power, as well as while using backup power sources.
  • Inspect the location for any potential electrical issues. Examples include outlets without proper covers, exposed or damaged wires and improper use of extension cords. If any electrical concerns are found, contact a licensed electrical contractor to rectify the issues.

The Marion County Fire Rescue Prevention Division is committed to assisting local businesses in reopening in a safe manner. Business owners are encouraged to contact the Fire Prevention Office at (352) 291-8050 or via email at ken.mccann@marioncountyfl.org.

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