Burning Down the House
Books have the same enemies as people:
fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
— Paul Valéry
|•||Structural Damage. A fire can destroy or weaken walls, floors, ceiling/roof assemblies, and structural supports. Smoldering fires often make a home within walls, which must be opened so the fire can be suppressed.|
|•||Loss of Valuable Documents and Information. Financial records, personnel files, and a wide range of vital company records can disappear in a fire. Some of these documents can be reconstructed from other information sources; some of this information can never be recovered.|
|•||Injury or Death. Fire threatens the lives of your employees. Some of the physical injuries will take a long time to heal, and the mental injuries can take even longer.|
|•||Customer Relations. Your customers are expecting that the goods they have ordered will be delivered on time. A delay due to a fire will lessen their confidence in your reliability and may cost them lost profits.|