NFPA hosted the Building Safety and Security Workshop on May 10-11, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to help prioritize the next layers of “security safety” to be written into codes, planning documents, and related outreach materials.
In my recent NFPA Live webinar, I provided a synopsis of the workshop report, which brought to light a number of topics:
- The built environment requires changes in both the short- and long-term, from ensuring that buildings use approved hardware (such as proper door locking mechanisms) to strategies on how to better integrate built-in alarms and related systems for both fire and target violence events.
- Raised awareness is needed around current codes and standards, while attention must be given to the enhancement of existing codes to incorporate provisions that specifically address security.
- Smart building integration is a key to ensuring building safety and security.
- Education for building occupants will strengthen their ability to think clearly and make potentially life-saving decisions during an emergency situation.
During the presentation, I received this frequently asked question from a member. I'm sharing it here with you. I hope you find some value in it.