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Keep Buildings Safe with a Fire Prevention
and Public Access Plan
FROM the EDITOR
My birthday falls on or near National Fire Prevention
Week – the Sunday to Saturday that includes Oct. 9. I
remember in elementary school looking forward to the
week; I got to learn about important information and
get a year older. Growing up in the Midwest and having visited Chi-
cago a few times already in my early years, I saw firsthand how the
Second City had to rebuild because of the Great Chicago Fire.
There's a reason that fire prevention has a week devoted to it, and it's emphasized from elementary
school on. It's important, and everyone can take an active role in fire detection and suppression. Are
you doing all you can to keep your tenants and occupants safe?
In the cover story "Your Fire Safety System Could Be Falling Short" on page 36, we break down
what you need to be aware of and think about to keep everyone safe.
Different buildings and types of occupants have different needs. Make sure you're focusing on
doing everything you can to keep everyone in your building safe and your fire protection system opti-
mized and up to code. And be sure to look through the images of what not to do for fire safety! There
are some surprises and good reminders in there.
Another important safety issue is the balance of public access and security in your building. It's
important to decide how to provide the right level of security to the right people to keep a building
secure but accessible. In " 6 Tips to Improve Your Building's Access Control System" on page 46, find
out whether your building has the correct level of security and what you can do to improve it.
Speaking of safety, if you will be at the Global Security Exchange show later this month, I will be
there looking for new and interesting products and trends to share with the BUILDINGS audience.
Reach out if you have something unique that our readers should be aware of.
Submit Now: Your Strange Occupant Requests
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We want to include it in an upcoming article. Submit your information today at bit.ly/BldgRequest.
Valerie Dennis Craven