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Tips to Ensure a Commercial Space Is Safe to Use for All Its Occupants
Commercial spaces are usually large places that are frequented by the people who work there as well as by the general public. This is why they should be designed with the public’s safety in mind. Here’s how to ensure your commercial space is designed with the utmost care.
Make sure everyone knows what to do if a fire breaks out
Because fires can occur accidentally, it is essential to have an evacuation plan that is clearly visible for all to see. There should also be a light that illuminates paths to exits in the event people aren’t able to clearly see where to exit the building. In addition to having an easily identifiable evacuation plan in each room, there should also be a fire extinguisher and a smoke alarm to detect any traces of smoke early. Also, all doors and windows should be able to open easily if there is an influx of smoke so people can escape with minimal inhalation.
If the area is prone to earthquake activity, the building should be designed with this potential hazard in mind. Your corporate space should be designed and built with sturdy materials and offer cover in the building for its occupants.
Installing the correct lighting as a safety feature
Ensuring the correct lighting is installed is also critical, as it not only makes it easier for occupants to make their way in and about the building, but it also acts as a deterrent for crime. Lighting is particularly important for areas that are usually dimly lit, such as parking garages, as well as tunnels and canopies. This is precisely why you need ample lighting for employees to make their way in and out of these areas safely.
Surveillance systems are always a good idea
Surveillance systems are a good idea to have in a large commercial space with lots of activity, as this serves as a second pair of eyes to help prevent anything untoward from happening. Make sure you spend a little money on cameras that provide high-definition footage in the event that an accident or crime occurs within your commercial space.
Implementing the usage of access cards
Access cards are an excellent preventative measure for keeping unscrupulous criminals at bay. This way you have better control over who enters and exits the building so that you can keep a closer eye on the safety of its occupants on the whole.
Alarm systems work effectively too
Alarm systems also work effectively at drawing attention to any type of suspicious activity fast. Don’t hesitate to install these systems if you want to safeguard the property from potential break-ins; there’s nothing quite like a blaring alarm to stop a criminal dead in their tracks.
At the end of the day, a commercial space should be one of those places where people shouldn’t have to give a second thought regarding their safety. One of the most effective ways to do this is by making sure that at least the lighting within the building is adequate and functional so that you can focus on implementing those secondary measures that will make the building that much more criminal-proof — for everyone’s safety.