Safety is a big deal. It’s also something that is all too often not given the attention it deserves. When it comes to something like a commercial property, safety standards take on a different degree of importance. Aside from the responsibility to ensure that the building is safe for those inside it from a moral point of view, it’s also something of a legal matter with serious ramifications for noncompliance. So what needs to be done to make sure that your commercial building is up to modern safety standards?
Install New Plumbing
Depending on the age of the building and the state it’s in, it may be necessary to have new plumbing installed. Old plumbing made from polybutylene, as an example, must always be replaced. These types of pipes, commonly installed in the 1970’s-1990’s, are no longer recognized as being acceptable in the United States. If the plumbing is constructed out of metal piping, it may no longer be acceptable according to safety standards if it is corroded or rusted either.
Rewire the Property
In today’s digital world, a business is sure to have a tough time getting by without a quality electrical system. A power outage could easily spell trouble for day to day functions, to say nothing of the risk to personal safety. Older buildings often need electric upgrades to prevent issues like blown fuses. Problems with the electrical system could also lead to devastating building fires if they aren’t rectified. Have an electrician examine the property to determine the state of the system and any problems that might be present.
Check the Fire Suppression System
Speaking of fire hazards, having a working fire suppression system is an absolute must for any commercial property. When combined with a good fire alarm, a suppression system can often prevent catastrophic damage from being done to both property and personnel. There are different types of fire suppression systems, so make sure that your property not only has one, but that it also has the right one based on the needs of the property and what is housed inside it.
When a customer or client walks into your business, odds are that one of the things that isn’t on their mind is whether or not your commercial property is up to modern safety standards. Most of them will just assume that it is. It’s your job as the property owner to make sure that those assumptions are correct. You don’t want to be the one that proves them wrong.
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