It’s something that business continuity professionals lose sleep over and hope will never happen: A fire breaks out in your building or facility, halting the day-to-day operations of your company. In the case of a fire — whether it’s a five-alarm event or a small electrical spark — continuity managers are required to help mitigate the impact a fire has on their business and facility to determine the quickest and safest path to restoring business continuity.

Fire prevention codes are just the minimum standards for a business or organization to follow to ensure its building or facility would pass an inspection. However, following these minimum standards may not ensure your company will be open for business the next day. When thinking of the continuity of your company, business continuity professionals will likely want to go above and beyond the minimum requirements. In fact, you may be surprised at what the local authorities don’t require.

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