You’ve heard of the “Adopt a Highway” program and how people are involved in keeping their stretch of it clean and free of debris. This makes it more pleasant to look at and of course, safer to drive on. Wouldn’t it be nice if high rise or commercial building management companies in NYC would consider the same basic principle and apply it to “Adopt a Hallway?” This program could be introduced to existing tenants or new ones as they all work together toward the same goal—Safety.
By getting commercial building owners and tenants involved with helping the Fire Safety Director to do his or her job better only takes a few simple steps that could save lives. Making sure all areas of the building are safer, this also helps the FDNY to do their jobs easier, as well. When everyone becomes involved and works together for the same purpose, everyone wins.
Simple steps can include making sure trash is picked up from the hallway areas so no one trips over it. Make sure mud, spills, or stubborn stains in the carpet are cleaned by reputable office cleaning services in NYC so no one slips and falls from them. If a business next door to you has several delivery boxes lining the hallway, inquire if they are out of town and offer to keep the deliveries in your own office until they return. Hall clutter can keep a Fire Guard or the Fire Department from doing their job properly.
Inside the office, make sure outlets are not overloaded. Do you have a portable fire extinguisher? Is it fully charged and in proper working order? Do you have stacks of papers or files on the floor that could be a potential fire hazard? Is your kitchen or break room equipment up to date; are electrical cords frayed or do they have exposed wiring?
Walk through the premises and make sure you have a clear path to the door, the stairwell and the elevator. If you don’t, report it to the building management company or to the Fire Guard and he or she will make sure this is corrected. By adopting your own stretch of the hallway you can take pride in your surroundings and you also know you are doing your part to keep yourself and everyone else safe.