Property managers have many responsibilities and the safety of their tenants makes it pretty high on their list. Threats come in all shapes and sizes and the approaches used once before may no longer be the best. Property managers must be educated and prepared for all emergencies which is why we are going back to the basics. Are YOU prepared?
Fire Exits: Those lighted exit signs are not there for decoration. Fire exits are imperative to ensure the safe recovery of your tenants in the event of an emergency. The exit routes should be clearly marked and void of obstruction. There should be more than two possible exits at different parts of your building.
Emergency Evacuation Plans: When disaster strikes, it is important to know how to respond. Frequently, this involves evacuating the building. Tenants and employees of the building must be aware of how to exit the building. Various scenarios require different responses, be sure to know how to react to different possibilities. Emergency evacuation plans do no good without practice.
Controls: The fire control room houses the controls for the entire building. You must know your controls. The mechanics behind your building’s workings reside in this one room. These controls also determine the source and location of any alarm. The emergency response team as well as fire department personnel will use this room as a headquarters during particular emergencies.
Fire Extinguishers: Never know when you might need one which is why it’s necessary to know where they are located and how to use one before the time comes. The acronym to remember is PASS – Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the handle, Sweep the base of the fire.
Communication: Your tenants will come to you during an emergency for information. Common ways to contact them is through a PA system, a phone tree, or email. Emergency notification tools are another avenue in which to communicate through a crisis. Studies have shown that texting is the fastest and most reliable option which allows for two-way communication for safety.
These five basic steps of life safety in regards to property management seem simple enough, but they are important enough to bear repeating. Is the path to your fire exit clear? When is the last time you practiced an emergency evacuation plan that was not a fire drill? Keep looking for new ways to keep your tenants safe, but remember to go back to the basics every once in awhile.
Interested in more ways to make your building and your tenants safer? Download our e-book 6 Ways to Improve Your EAP or check out our webinar on 7 Steps to Preparedness. For more information, contact Preparis directly or give us a call at 404.662.2950. Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for more information on how to keep your people safe and your building running.