How your building can keep people SAFE

Our earliest ancestors developed structures to keep themselves safe from all sorts of conditions, both natural and manmade. And while some situations overwhelm even the sturdiest properties, you still have plenty of ways to protect your space and its occupants.

Extreme Weather


All natural disasters, including hurricanes and floods, caused $306 billion in damage in the U.S. in 2017, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Install hurricane shutters and storm panels.

Fire


Each year brings about 85,000 non-residential building fires in the U.S., costing an average of 85 lives and $2.7 billion in damage. And these losses don’t account for the cost of business interruption.

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Consider water- and chemical-based fire suppression.

Earthquakes


Many states and municipalities, especially those in seismically-active areas, require building owners to take extra measures to prevent damage.

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Explore structural reinforcement options.

Vandalism


Vandalism costs more than $15 billion a year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. “Fixing broken windows” is an important strategy to prevent recurrence.

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Clean or repair immediately to reduce future incidents.

Inspection


Federal regulations cost businesses $8,086 per employee. And while some federal regulations are being rolled back, most building codes come from state and local governments.

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Make sure your building complies with all regulations.

Burglary


Burglaries cost building owners $1.4 billion annually. But there are human costs as well, not simply the damage and the theft, but the loss of confidence and sense of security.

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Leverage smart technology to integrate your security systems.

Civil Unrest


Riots and civil unrest are never predictable. Access control systems like secure doors and gates can prevent damage and crimes of opportunity that can occur in times of crisis.

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Install an access control door system.


ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems offers a comprehensive range of automatic entrance products and services, providing convenience and safety throughout your facility.

Resources


  • https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/
  • http://www.thesilverlining.com/safety-resources/tips-to-help-avoid-losses/commercial-business-tips/can-your-business-survive-a-natural-disaster-
  • https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2000/09/20/new-fema-study-estimates-us-losses-earthquakes-44-billion-year
  • http://smallbusiness.chron.com/can-vandalism-cost-business-63820.html
  • https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/advocacy/The Impact of Regulatory Costs on Small Firms (Full)_0.pdf
  • https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v14i5.pdf
  • http://www.thesilverlining.com/safety-resources/tips-to-help-avoid-losses/commercial-business-tips/how-to-burglar-proof-your-business
  • https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/property-crime

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