5 Essential Safety Elements for Your Property
Emergencies in municipalities, schools and real estate properties happen more often than we’d like to admit, and it’s your job to keep everyone safe. What policies and procedures do you have in place if (and when) an emergency occurs on your property? Here are 5 essential safety elements to minimize risk:
1. Life Safety
Does your property have an alarm system, sprinkler system, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers and a generator? Do you have an indoor parking garage with a CO system linked to the fire alarm? These are safety features and systems that buildings should have. Are these components inspected and tested on a frequent basis? If not, start now.
2. Panic/Duress Button
Many buildings are trending towards the use of panic buttons. Typically, a panic button can be located by the reception area, and if activated, sends immediate notification to a dispatch center to send police to your address. The “panic” signal gives your emergency top priority. This is an additional safety and security feature to keep your employees, students or tenants safe in case of emergency.
Many schools, buildings and municipalities are installing security cameras that are motion censored or push-button activated to add greater security. The cameras can record a minimum of 30 days activity. Push button door codes can also be set-up with cameras that take a photo when the button is pressed.
4. Access Control
Who has access to enter your building and when is that access allowed? It's important to control and track every person that enters and exits the property.
5. Disaster Plan
It’s crucial to have a disaster plan in place for your employees, students and/or tenants. A thorough disaster plan will outline what to do and where to go in case of a fire, natural disaster or other crisis such as an active shooter. Do you have a plan in place that’s reviewed and practiced with employees? A plan that fails is often due to a failure to plan.
To learn more about safety procedures and risk management, contact a member of the ‘A’ Team!
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