After what has been a long winter for all of us, most are more than ready for spring – And it is finally here! While the first thing that comes to mind regarding building maintenance is probably spring cleaning remember that it’s also time to check all of the safety features at your facility.
Safety should always come first. Schools, hospitals, restaurants, theaters, libraries, and other commercial buildings need to be sure that the facility’s safety standards are being upheld. This is not only important for regulation and potential audits, but it is also very important for the safety of those working at and using the facility.
Particularly facilities that serve the public need to ensure emergency supplies and features are working properly. That means doing tests, checking electrical connections, replacing batteries, checking expiration dates, and replenishing emergency supplies among other things. At a minimum, below are the safety essentials that must be checked.
- Alarm systems
- Surveillance cameras
- Fire alarms / Smoke detectors
- Fire extinguishers
- First aid kits / Defibrillators
- Eyewash stations / Safety showers
Simply checking safety features and performing the appropriate maintenance during the spring will make sure your building is ready for anything. Replace any broken items or damaged pieces. Clean safety related objects off thoroughly to make sure no dust or debris is clogging the detectors that could affect their function. Safety features are there for a reason and could save lives in a risky situation. Are all your building’s safety items are working and in good shape?
Remember: Safety first!