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Everything You Need to Know About Safety Measures Taken in New Buildings

Blox Social
Posted on
Jan 14, 2023

The safety of the home you live in can not be stressed enough. But let’s talk about what “safe” actually means. Does it mean living in a gated community with a low crime rate? Does it mean there is an effective escape plan in case of natural disasters? Or does it mean an environmentally conscious place with an operative waste management unit? It means all of those things. So, before buying a new house, look at some safety measures that new buildings must have and why you should consider buying a house in a building that adheres to these safety measures. 

There are several reasons why you should consider buying a home in a safe, non-hazardous building:

  • Protection for your family: A safe, non-hazardous building can protect you and your family from potential hazards such as fires, gas leaks, and other emergencies.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing that your home is safe and free from hazards can give you peace of mind and help you to relax and enjoy your living space.
  • Increased property value: A safe, non-hazardous building can positively impact your property's value. Homes in safe, well-maintained buildings are often more desirable to buyers.
  • Reduced maintenance costs: A safe, non-hazardous structure can have lower maintenance costs as it is less likely to have problems that need to be fixed.
  • Better air quality: A safe and non-hazardous building can provide better air quality, benefiting people with respiratory problems or allergies.
  • Compliance with regulations: A safe, non-hazardous building complies with building codes and regulations, reducing the risk of fines or legal issues.
  • Insurance savings: A safe, non-hazardous building can lower insurance costs as the risks of hazards are reduced.

Here are a few safety measures that are important in new buildings and their construction design:

  • Fire alarms and sprinkler systems: The requirement to have fire alarms and sprinkler systems in place is a must to detect and suppress fire accidents.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: To avoid possible dangers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are to be installed in every unit and common areas.
  • Emergency lighting: To be in place to guide occupants to exits in case of power outages or emergencies.
  • Accessible exits: New buildings must have multiple exits that are easily accessible and clearly marked.
  • Exit signs: There is a need for clearly marked exit signs to guide occupants to safety in an emergency.
  • Handicapped accessibility: Easy accessibility to people with disabilities should be provided, with ramps, elevators, and other accessibility features in place.
  • Safety glazing: The technique of safety glazing on windows and doors prevents injuries from broken glass.
  • Seismic retrofitting: This essentially means that it is an earthquake-proof building. New buildings in seismically active areas must be designed and built to withstand earthquakes. 
  • Backup power: Backup power systems to ensure that essential systems, such as lighting and emergency systems, continue to function in case of power outages.
  • Emergency response plans: Developers should ensure emergency response plans are in place to guide occupants and first responders in case of emergencies.
  • Security cameras: Safety requirements such as cameras to monitor the common areas and provide a sense of security.
  • Secure entrances: The use of keycards or keycode access to prevent unauthorised entry.
  • Automatic doors: The need to have automatic doors to allow easy access for the elderly, disabled or parents with strollers.
  • Storm protection: Disaster Management Practices include having storm protection measures, such as reinforced roofs and shutters, to protect occupants from severe weather.
  • Hazardous materials management: Following the principles of waste management, the building committees must have measures to store, handle, and dispose of hazardous materials safely.

It's important to note that these safety measures are required not only in newly constructed buildings but also in existing ones during renovation, repair and maintenance. The regulations and safety measures may vary depending on the location and the type of building.