What makes the difference? The bottom line is, education. The accepting business owner knows that the following five fire impacts will cost much more later, than the cost of fire prevention now.
The 5 Impacts of Fire
- Economic Impact - higher insurance premiums, loss of jobs/income, loss of home/business, loss of investments, medical costs
- Organizational Impact - low employee morale (due to feelings of inadequacy, or that the company "just doesn't care"), recruitment/turnover (employees leave, hard to recruit new), cost
- Legal Impact - civil litigation (for monetary loss, injury, death, failur to comply with fire codes), substantial financial costs and lost time
- Psychological Impact - traumatic experience (for those injured, witnesses, family/friends, community-at-large)
- Political Impact - reduction in tax base, loss of property 'units', increase in insurance rates, abandoned buildings, derelict neighborhoods
These 5 Fire Impacts provided by the United States Fire Administration.