Effective Security Begins with Building Design
The design and layout of your buildings are the first and often most important aspects to safety and security. With effective building design hiding places can easily be diminished and emergency exits can be more easily accessed. We understand that many times, facilities are built with a different intended purpose, but remodeling can be beneficial to security. Today we want to give you 5 ways that your building’s design and layout can improve your security and make it more effective.
Reduce Hiding Places
One of the simplest ways to effectively increase your building’s security is to reduce the amount of hiding places, both inside and out. Large islands can create hiding areas for those who wish to cause harm, as can large shrubbery around your facility. Keep walls, landscape and closets to a minimum. Be sure to keep closets locked at all times, only making them accessible to those who are authorized.
Ease of Accessibility
When you reduce hiding places, you are also increasing the ease of accessibility for not only first responders, but also for your guests to evacuate if needed. Having many rooms and walls can lead to confusion when people are evacuating, slowing down the time to get to safety. By using building design to your advantage, you can increase the survivability during incidents and emergencies.
When deciding how to respond during an emergency, hiding is an option, so having something large to hide behind can be useful in some emergency situations. Although it seems to go against the tip of reducing hiding places, having natural barricades such as a large desk, book case, or counter can serve a useful purpose if trying to hide. Make sure to limit barricades, they are natural, and do not cause unnecessary safety precautions for first responders.
Glass can easily be broken, but it also gives us an idea of what is behind a door. Consider using glass in doors and increasing the amount of windows. Glass can be reinforced with window film, which can greatly improve its strength. Utilizing glass is also another way to reduce hiding places around your facility.
Improve the natural lighting in your facility with windows. Even if motion sensing lights are not used, the natural light from the sun and even the moon can increase visibility for dark areas. The more that you can see, the safer you become.
Securing your facility and ensuring that your guests are safe is critical to daily business operations. By reducing hiding places, increasing accessibility, using natural barricades, utilizing glass for visibility, and increasing natural lighting, you are safeguarding your facility, guests and first responders in the event of an incident.