Building & Keeping A Safer Commercial Modular Building
When organizations look at the initial cost of a life safety design in a commercial modular building they will often try to get a waiver to omit or minimize the life safety requirements. While there are ways to design more "cost-effective" an organization should not try to eliminate the option of having a safer building and site design.
Some tips below are recommendations for keeping your site & building safe:
- Keep shrubs and overgrowth cut back and away from the building. If any of the greenery is now brown cut that back or remove it it from site
- If you have gas water heaters or gas heat test and inspect your carbon monoxide safety detectors regularly
- Fire sprinklers are mandatory in some occupancy uses, and also in some city or local jurisdictions. If a fire district has waived the requirement of fire sprinklers, take a second look at your budget and see if you can afford including them. Not only can fire sprinklers save your property they save lives
- Fire alarm systems are very affordable now, and recommended. Most jurisdictions require a fire alarm system in all commercial buildings. If you are considering a fire alarm system look into an addressable system that is not proprietary so you can change or modify or test your system affordably in the future
- Watch your design flow to eliminate dead end corridors and long paths of egress. Sometimes it means adding a few more hallways or extra doors, but in the event of an emergency it is always nice to have a faster way out
- Keep your fire extinguishers readily accessible and keep your staff informed as to where they are. The most common location is by an egress door. Test them and look for expiration dates on the green tags.
- Non-combustible design is another option if you have a larger budget. While this type of construction does cost more, the design criteria incorporated will save lives.
If you would like more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd
Phone: 800-441-8577 x 1 (Sales)