Top 3 Tips to Keep Your Building Safe
How safe is your building? Whether you’re a building owner with one or more tenants, a business owner in charge of your employees, or just a homeowner with a family and frequent guests, it is crucial that building safety is number one on your priority list.
Failure to ensure building safety will make the occupants and visitors of your building hold you liable for any injuries that occur on your premises. With a proper plan and regular maintenance, you can be sure that you have done everything possible to prevent any kind of injury, and everybody using your building is safe. Here are handy tips that will help you improve building safety:
- Install security systems
It is quite tempting to skimp on building security measures in order to keep maintenance costs low, but installing security systems can make a huge difference during an emergency. Video surveillance cameras on the outer perimeter of your building will help to mitigate losses for crimes in your building by reviewing footages. They can also reduce the amount of crime that may take place in your building by scaring off would-be burglars.
While installing the surveillance system, ask yourself whether a simple lock and key will be enough to keep potential perpetrators out. You can also implement a text message alert system that will alert everyone in your building in case of an emergency.
- Have an emergency plan
A good building safety strategy will require that you have an effective response plan in case an emergency occurs. It is recommended that you have multiple plans; each plan accounting for every type of situation that could occur at your building. For instance, you can have a severe weather plan, a fire plan, an earthquake plan, as well as an evacuation plan in case of a dangerous intruder. Business owners, building owners, and even homeowners should have such systems in place and should account for all the guests and employees inside their building.
- Seek the services of a professional building inspector
Do you have an HVAC unit, a boiler room, automatic sprinklers, a ventilation system, or any other equipment that may be potentially dangerous if they don’t work properly? If the answer is yes, you need to have them inspected as soon as possible to ensure building safety. A professional inspector will thoroughly check these pieces of equipment for damage, wear and tear, and potential damage. Leaks, chemical output, and explosions can also be a major threat to building safety and they will be checked accordingly.
Your inspector will also examine the structural condition of your building. From the roof, to the walls, to foundation; nothing will be left uninspected. In addition, the steps and floorboards will be examined for small tripping hazards. If any problem is found, you should find an expert contractor to work on the repairs immediately. Structural integrity will can a long way in ensuring the safety of your family, customers, or employees.
Never take chances with your building safety. It can be determining factor between life and death of the occupants in the building. Ensure that you regularly have your building and equipment inspected to prevent any injuries. At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we offer top-notch building inspection services that are second to none. Contact us today!