Property Emergency Evacuations: What You Need to Know
Life safety on your property includes knowing when building occupants need to leave the property and having the right procedures set in place to do so. Learn more in this blog post.
Is your property prepared for dangers within your building(s)? People tend to think of indoor areas as “safe havens,” so when disaster strikes within, they can be particularly vulnerable. By definition, an emergency is something unexpected that requires immediate action. The urgency and pressure these situations put us in trigger our sympathetic nervous system, or “fight-or-flight” response. This is accompanied by a surge of adrenaline intended to fuel our body into action. Our mental processes switch to the more primal area of our brain, thus reducing our critical thinking ability.
Acting more out of instinct and handling the associated adrenaline rush might not be something that is familiar to most people. This can lead to panic, which is disastrous during an emergency situation. As someone responsible for the safety of those on your property, this is the last thing that you want to occur onsite. The good news is that there is a way to minimize the chance of becoming overwhelmed during a time of crisis.
Putting a plan in place for emergencies
With an emergency action plan in place, tenants and staff can rely on an organized protocol during the disorganized time of the unexpected. While it is best to commit emergency protocol to memory, you should ensure your team knows where to access a copy when needed.
If something were to go wrong inside of a building, such as a fire, gas leak or even an active shooter situation, the part of the action plan most likely to be utilized is the evacuation protocol. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the lack of an organized evacuation plan can result in injuries and confusion. This is exactly what you don’t want to occur during an emergency, as it only serves to compound an already difficult and undesirable situation.
A common aspect of an evacuation plan includes having an established chain of command. This helps to designate roles and also who people should look to for further instruction. Knowing all available exit routes and setting up meeting points is essential. Alternate points of exit, such as stairwells, should be made familiar as well. Learn more about property evacuation procedures here.
Time is of the essence during an emergency
When a building must be fled from quickly, there is not always time for personal items to be gathered. Items like a cell phone might even be left behind. For this reason, it makes sense to have the designated outside meeting places include a means to call for help. This is another instance where Kings III’s emergency phone systems come into play. Our help phones provide a key safety solution in locations such as stairwells and parking lots and garages, on top of being essential for elevators and pool areas.
When it was too dangerous to remain inside, people have used our exterior phones to call and report things to us like a fire, an intruder, or domestic violence (click here to read through some of the actual emergency calls we have received that highlight the many uses for our phone systems). The latter is an example of a time when pulling out a cell phone in front of the offender would have escalated the situation. Getting outside, in a more public space, and activating one of our two-way communication call boxes can be the difference between safety and sustaining serious injuries.
Kings III is here to serve your property
For over thirty years, Kings III has been in the emergency communications business. We believe in service to the customer above all else. Our all-inclusive services allow you to choose from a complete package of code-compliant emergency telephone equipment, installation and maintenance, plus 24-hour state-of-the-art monitoring and dispatch services.
Reach out today to find out more about how our emergency phone systems and unmatched full turnkey service can bring peace of mind to your property, inside and out.
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