The Safekeeping Guide Every Facility Manager Needs to Read

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Are you a facility manager of commercial property with the responsibility to manage different kinds of physical aspects of the building? Well, a facility manager is considered to be the person who is responsible for offering a safe and functional environment for all the employees working in the office. People are supposed to turn to the facility manager if something goes wrong with the facilities available. Facility manager makes sure that the building is compliant with the latest workplace legislation. If you have been provided the responsibility to manage the appeal, look as well as the security of your office space, read this brief guide that will help you to be safe keep your commercial building while also sustaining its functionality as well as grace.

 

Ensure Safe Pedestrian Flow

 

It is crucial for you to make the pathways and walkways clear of where your clients and employees are supposed to enter your premises. For making the paths clear to the visitors, you can make use of well-placed arbors, a good shrub line and more features of your landscape. A good landscape is supposed to offer a clear vision to the visitors about the pathways and entrance areas. Your commercial lawn needs to be free from overgrown shrubs or greenery as they can hide the view of walkway lines from the people entering your property. For this, the greenery around the walkways needs to be trimmed on a regular basis. Also, the pathways need to be broad enough to acquire the movement of pedestrians.

 

Keep an Eye on Irrigation Heads

 

You might have irrigation or sprinkler heads installed within your landscape to meet the watering needs of the plants. But sometimes the automatic sprinkler heads don't get appropriately attached to the surface and stays unidentified. So, people roaming around your landscape may fall against those irrigation heads having some injuries. To prevent such situations, it is important to regularly monitor the sprinkler heads in your landscape to make sure that they are in proper working condition. This is crucial to be ensured in the area of your landscape which is designed for people.

 

Make Proper Lightings Available for Night

 

A commercial space usually has people working on the night shift as well. So, for making them feel safe and secure within the premises, it is crucial to install proper lightings throughout the exterior complex. Especially the walkways and pathways need to be enlightened properly so that people entering your space in the night don't face any problem while viewing. Good outdoor lighting for the night also enhances the design elements of a building effectively while also being highly functional.

 

Run-off Flows and Proper Drainage

 

Although landscapes have the power to absorb a significant amount of water within it, however in case of heavy rains, your building may get surrounded by rainwater as well as mud thus creating a hassle for your clients. To prevent such conditions, it is important to work closely with landscape contractor to create an effective runoff and drainage system. A good drainage system can prevent the rainwater from making walkways and pathways wet and muddy thus keeping your landscape clean and fresh all the time.

 

Protection from Fire

 

Ensuring the safety from fire of your whole premises is one of the most important tasks that a facility manager needs to effectively take care of. Because commercial areas are prone to fire hazards due to the presence of different kinds of power lines, circuits, the presence of massive generators and all. For ensuring the fire safety of your premises, it is crucial for you to perfectly enclose the fire-prone areas within the solid boundary. These sensitive areas include power circuits, generator cabins, and similar parts of the building.

 

As you know plants and trees may also make the fire accidents go worse, so, it is also crucial to keep your landscaping elements away from such areas. If you are worried about the looks, you can make use of artificial plants that are made from fire retardant materials. Such plants prevent the fire from spreading throughout the building thus keeping the hazard condition in control. Many commercial owners are opting for artificial plants for their interior and exterior landscaping needs. These also demand negligible maintenance as compared to real plants without compromising the looks.

 

Privatize Your Space and Say No to Crime

 

The studies have shown that the buildings that comprise of more trees are less prone to the crimes. Since the presence of trees can hinder the inside view of the property by the people outside. According to the latest studies, the areas with a proper tree cover are reported to be having 12% lesser crimes than areas without any privatization. Following such studies, you can privatize your commercial building for enhancing the security of your space. You can grow shrubby trees and hedges of appropriate sizes along the lines of your complex's boundary. Such a system of greenery around the area will not only offer a secure and safe surrounding to the people inside your building but also enhance the overall appeal of your office.

 

Prevent Entry of People from Dangerous Areas

 

Every property has some dangerous areas that are prone to unfortunate accidents. These areas may include windows of the above floors, telecom boxes, electric boxes and more. As a facility manager, you need to make sure that people don't get into such areas. You can either put a notice or create proper fencing around those areas.

 

Security Cameras and Alarms

 

Security cameras and alarms have become the necessity of every commercial area. Make sure to install properly working CCTV cameras and security alarms throughout your commercial property including parking lots as well as backyard areas. With properly working systems you can monitor and track your commercial complex easily. A good quality CCTV camera is a must for the main entrance of the building so that you can monitor every single person entering or leaving your complex.

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