Property managers often overlook some of the dangers associated with meeting strangers and showing their properties alone. This blog post offers property manager safety tips that lessen the likelihood of a dangerous situation while on the job.
Because Kings III is in the safety business, we often work with property managers to help them keep their buildings safe. However, we notice that often, while property managers are very cognizant of the need to keep the occupants within their properties safe, many neglect to account for their own need for safety. After all, property managers frequently interact with prospects, most of which are complete strangers. Kings III wants to encourage that safety be involved in ALL aspects of the property manager’s work, including both that of their building AND of themselves. Property managers can apply the following tips in order to make a day at work safer.
Hold first meetings within your office
It may seem more convenient to meet prospects in the area which you will be showing them, but for your own safety, if this is your first time meeting with potential occupants, it is best to hold the meeting at your office. This way you can get acquainted with them in an enclosed environment in which you are familiar and hold authority. Others will likely be around as well, so this eases you into meeting someone before being completely alone with them.
Let someone know where you’ll be when you leave your office
Someone should always know where you are going and how long you expect to be there if you plan to leave your office for an extended period of time. We recommend this person be a colleague, but if it makes more sense for you to tell a friend or family member, you can do so as well. This way, someone can quickly find you to give or send help if needed, and they will also be able to more quickly detect that something has gone wrong if no one has heard from you past the time that you said you would be in a particular area.
Have an emergency plan
Know what you are going to do and how you will summon help ahead of time in the event that something goes wrong. The most effective means to do so may vary by particular characteristics of your worksite and where you are, but whether it be via emergency phones on your property, a safety device, your cell phone, etc., you should have an idea of how you will get help and be aware of your vicinity to your communications device and how easy it will be for you to get to it. Always try to place yourself in positions that will allow you to easily access these tools. In the event of an emergency, having a clear head and distinct plan rather than panicking and scrambling around will allow you to access help quicker when seconds matter most.
These are some of the many ways that, as a property manager, you can promote your own safety while on the job. For more information on how Kings III helps to promote onsite safety, visit www.kingsiii.com.