Five Subtle ways to Improve Building Safety
Once the construction of a building has been completed, it is the owner who is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep, especially where safety is concerned. The following are 5 subtle ways to improve building safety.
- Non-slip stair treads
Stair safety is an essential part of any building. Accidents involving stairs account for many injuries ranging from minor to extremely serious, in all types of buildings. Non-slip stair treads are an effective way to avoid stair-related injuries. The non-slip tread is designed to provide friction and prevent slipping for anyone using the stairs. These treads are available in several different anti-slip materials, with some even being manufactured in a glow-in-the-dark material to provide easy navigation of the stairs during night-time emergency situations or power outages. With this variety available, building operators can choose the safety material that suits their needs best.
- Flammable liquid storage
Flammable liquid storage is important in any building. This is because flammable liquid fires are exceptionally more volatile than fires caused by regular combustibles like paper, cloth and wood. Flammable gasses tend to ignite with an explosive force, with temperatures rising incredibly fast, billowing clouds of thick, poisonous, black smoke being produced and fires caused that can engulf an entire building within minutes. One of the subtle ways to improve building safety where flammable liquids are concerned, is to simply ensure that a flammable materials storage cabinet is installed to protect combustible liquids from heat in the event of a fire and to stop them from spreading a fire, should one ever occur.
- Landscaping for safe pedestrian traffic flow
It is important that even the safety of the exterior of a building is taken into consideration and a great way to do this is with good landscaping. Strategically-placed arbors, walkways lined with shrubs and many other features can help a lot to show clients a safe and clear path to the entrance of a building. A well-designed landscape free of low-hanging tree limbs, thorny bushes or tripping hazards, will not only enhance the exterior look of a building, but will also provide an efficient and safe flow of pedestrian movement.
- Security features to prevent crime
Having proper safety features installed will go a long way to keep a building safe from criminals. Good, strategically-placed outdoor lighting not only helps to light walkways and paths to the entrance of a building, but are an excellent deterrent for would-be criminals as well. Other ways to keep a building safe from crime, is to have proper perimeter security in place in the form of alarms, CCTV cameras, or security companies to patrol the premises when empty, all of which help tremendously to stop criminals from gaining entrance to the property.
- Easily accessible emergency exits
Emergency exits are a legal requirement in any large building. According to the law, it is the responsibility of the owner of building, whether business or domestic, to make sure that everyone inside the structure can get outside safely through the emergency doors in the event of a fire or other safety hazard. Since they are a means of escape in times of emergency, these emergency exit doors should remain unobstructed at all times, since there is little time to move cupboards, boxes or bins, when the safety of people is at stake.
Apart from the above 5 subtle ways to improve building safety, there are many others too that you should practice, to make sure that your building and the people inside are always safe in any dangerous situation that occurs.