How Safe & Secure Are Your Buildings?
The Importance of Safety & Security
When you think of building security, what comes to mind? You might picture some interior and exterior surveillance cameras, or perhaps a security guard comes to mind.
Is that enough?
Could you be doing more to ensure the safety of your facility?
When building a new facility, there are many aspects to consider- ranging from the type of foundation all the way to aesthetic design. The aesthetics of a facility are often the priority of the customer, because it creates the attractiveness, as well as supports the branding of the company. It is crucial however not to only focus only appearance and forget the importance of security, and how it may benefit your business and employees. That being said, security can be customized to blend right into the building’s architecture if necessary.
Who Needs Security?
For educational facilities, extra security features may be desired to ensure the safety of students. Providing students a secure space in the chance of a possible crisis is the primary concern for both parents and faculty; and precautions should be taken to prevent tragedy from striking.
The business that needs some of the highest level of security is banking. Banks are a common target for robberies, and if they are not equipped with additional safety features, would not be a safe environment for their employees.
Retail and Other Businesses
There are many reasons that a client may desire additional safety options for their modular building. Every business is unique, and has their own needs or requirements. Safety upgrades can be placed in any facility, to ensure that employees are working in a controlled environment.
Correction facilities require an extremely high level of security, in order to keep their occupants contained and controlled. There are a variety of buildings that may be needed at a correctional facility, and each is designed to meet safety and security requirements. An example of different types of buildings would be: inmate housing, detention facilities, guard houses, prisons, medical facilities, cafeterias, and restrooms. In recent years modular construction has become a fast and inexpensive solution to alleviate the overcrowding of jails and prisons across our country.
Types of Safety Options
A valuable safety upgrade that can prevent a break-in or attack is to equip doors with secure locking mechanisms. These locking systems can secure an entire facility, and will keep all occupants in their rooms and offices without the worry of an intruder breaking in. Although it is an unpleasant idea to consider, it is wise to prepare for a disaster before it strikes.
Every modular building is required to come equipped with fire safety features, such as smoke alarms and emergency exit signs. Customers also have the option to upgrade as well for extra features such as an automatic sprinkler system in case of a fire breaking out.
Bullet Proof Windows
Modular buildings can be upgraded with bullet proof windows, which will help to prevent any attempted break-in or danger from arising. Bullet proof windows are not only a precaution for weapons, but can also be useful during bad weather conditions such as tornadoes or hurricanes. Bullet proof glass is strong, durable, and can withstand many hazardous conditions.
A vestibule is another safety feature that can be placed at the entrance of a facility. These are often small and enclosed rectangular passages that are between the outside of the facility and the main entrance or lobby. Vestibules create an air lock entry that enhances safety by providing an enclosed area before entering the building. They can be monitored and remotely controlled to stop an intruder, they also assists in regulating weather conditions. Vestibules can stop air from leaving the building, as well as stopping unwanted outside weather from entering the building.
Similar to a vestibule is a safe room; however these are used only for emergency purposes. Safe rooms, also known as panic rooms, are prepared ahead of time to be used when in a dangerous situation. Businesses will sometimes provide a safe shelter or hiding place for workers in the event of a break in, tornado, or other threat.
A control room is a central space where employees and facilities can be monitored at any time. Control rooms become useful in instances where the facility is large, or where multiple buildings take up space in dispersed areas. (i.e. college campus) Control rooms are vital in order to track security and to prevent potential danger from occurring. Some examples of businesses that would require control rooms are factories, power plants, chemical plants, airports and malls to name a few.
Tips to Consider to Create A Safe Environment
Guard Your Entrances
In an article from CSO online, “Seven Deadly Sins of Building Security”, they outline a few mistakes that businesses make due to being unaware of the potential dangers it may cause. In one example, they even mention shrubbery. The more trees, shrubs, or bushes that align a walkway create an easier hiding place for an intruder. Be aware of small details such as this, because they can be easily overlooked.
The article goes on to explain that the fewer entrances to a building, the better. This will ensure safety to those who are inside the building, because it is less likely that an intruder will be able to enter unnoticed. Although multiple doors are important for emergency exits, it is important to keep each door monitored or secured, and to not neglect these exits simply because they are used less often.
Appearance over Safety
As mentioned in the beginning of this post, it’s a common mistake to put too much emphasis on the aesthetic appeal of the building and neglecting to ensure that it is meeting the proper safety requirements. For example, many employers prefer to hide security cameras because they seem junky or do not look appealing. This may be a mistake however, because many times an intruder will be deterred if they see the camera initially.
Security features can be an unexpected expense, but that does not mean they should be neglected. Don’t compromise the safety of your organization, modular construction can integrate practically any necessary security feature to ensure your building occupants remain safe.