Your office is basically your second home. There is a good chance even that you spend more time than you do anywhere else. For that reason, the safety of it is paramount. Inside your office is a variety of valuable including equipment, paperwork and most important, you and your staff.
It is essential that you seriously consider taking some different steps to make sure you have a plan for an emergency situation. Hopefully, these things are something you will never need, but if anything were to happen, you will be happy you made a small investment compared to what could go wrong.
What’s a Panic Door?
There are numerous things that can possibly go wrong. So it is vital to have an easy exit. This is the first step that you must take. Panic doors essentially are doors that feature a push bar so that you can get out of the building quickly. These can be located both within the building as well as functioning as a pathway to the outside. From the outside, the door is always locked, but in an emergency, people can exit quickly and panic doors can be installed easily by qualified technicians.
Often we see panic doors that are paired with alarms. Usually they feature a sign that reads “Alarm will sound if opened.” Although these types of doors can be hassle for those trying to figure out how to exit the building on a normal day or just take a quick pop outside, they make a huge difference in safety in problematic situations.
Depending on the system, these alarms can either notify security personnel in the building or local safety services such as the police and fire fighters to ensure that help arrives as quickly as possible.
What Else Should I Consider Besides Panic Doors
Panic doors are a great way to enhance the safety of your office. Nonetheless, they work better in tandem with several other tools to achieve a more comprehensive security. These other devices are not only helpful during emergencies but can also increase the ease of use of your facility in a way that also bolsters its security:
- High-tech locks
- Smoke detectors
- Master Key System
- Security Cameras
- Exit Lighting
- Motion Sensor Lighting
- Alarm systems
High Tech Locks
These days there are a variety of options beyond standard door locks to increase you office’s security. Keycard, keypad, and fingerprint technology all offer additional ways for you to keep track of who is coming and going. There are additional benefits to this as well.
With smart phone apps, it is now possible to use advanced lock and alarm system together and receive notifications wherever you are about who accesses the building.
The Right Key
An additional layer of security is provided by using a master key system. Give employees access to the building and certain rooms with one key while managers and other higher level officials can have a different set of access. If you are using traditional keys, it is important to periodically change your locks, which is another advantage of using a digital system.
Not only this, but using other high tech systems can help you create an assortment of different access abilities to your office. For example, do you have a service technician coming in after hours for routine maintenance, then you can create a one-time access code so you can feel sure that the ability to enter does not accidentally fall in the wrong hands.
In Case of Emergency
All the planning you do is to avoid something from happening. Nonetheless, it is not inevitable for things to go wrong. Whether somebody has managed to break-in or only just damaged an outer lock or part of the security system, we can respond to that 24/7, 365 days a year. We have the tools to repair any damage on the spot and can get your office back into shape no matter what happened.
It All Works Together
Ensuring the security of your office does not have to a complicated or expensive task. It all begins with the entry points: doors and windows and then you can work from within. The first step is to ensure the safety of your employees in an emergency situation by using door push bars. From here, you can begin addressing the other steps you want to take.
Finally, many of these security items are required by state and federal law anyway so if you feel that your office is missing some of the things discussed in this article, now would be a good time to call in an expert. Don’t wait until, it is too late.