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Safety and security standards to consider when designing a home

It is important to observe safety standards throughout the house, but some rooms are prone to accidents than others.

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Safety and security standards to consider when designing a home

A well planned and designed house can assist to achieve a secure and safe living environment. These safety and security features can be incorporated during the design and construction phase or even during maintenance and modification.

Safety

Many accidents happen in the house. The house design, materials, construction methods, appliances, and maintenance are all factors that can influence home safety. It is important to observe safety standards throughout the house, but some rooms are prone to accidents than others. Safety issues may relate to:

• kitchens

• bathrooms

• fittings

• Fire risk prevention

Kitchen safety

Most home accidents occur in the bathroom and kitchen. Applying the below design tips can reduce the likelihood of kitchen accidents.

– Have a design with unobstructed access to the cooking area, refrigerator and sink.

– Reduce or eliminate traffic around the work triangle.

– Use guardrail to protect hotplates and make use of fire resistant finishes above and adjacent to the cooktop.

– Round-off sharp bench corners and edges

– Have heatproof counter tops on the side of the grill or oven for quick hot dishes set down.

Bathroom safety

– Make use of slip-resistant flooring and try to avoid steps.

– Design bars and handles in showers, near baths and near the toilet for disabled and elderly users.

– Design child resistant cabinets for hazardous substances and medicines.

– Make sure that bathroom lock can easily be opened from outside in case there is an emergency.

– Have a night light or motion sensitive light in the passage to the toilet for safe access at night.

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Doors

– Have self-closing but not self-locking screen doors installed at external entrances.

– Make sure that the inside door handles are at least 1m from the floor to avoid young children from opening them.

– Consider using latch rather than using knob type to enable easy use by disabled or weak people.

Security

It is no longer true that security and crime prevention is a matter for the police and other law enforcement agencies. Local authorities, neighborhoods, planners and even homeowners can play a significant role in reducing the fear of crime and incidences.

Appropriate home design can play a major role in crime prevention. Most of the burglaries are known to be opportunist crimes. In most cases, burglars only make their move after spotting an unlocked gate or open window. Some of the crime prevention principles through design include:

– Natural surveillance — you should make surveillance a regular part and routine of everyone in your home. This is achieved by positioning strategically for clear sightlines so that play areas, streets, and footpaths can be watched.

– Target hardening — improve your home security standards by securing windows and doors. Installing high-quality locks, door frames, hinges and exterior doors will go a long way to ensuring improved security. Outside lighting and alarm systems are also ways of having added security in the home.

– Access control — Make use of perceived or real barriers to deter intruders. Perceived barriers include flower gardens or a level change between the public space and your front yard. Real barriers can be a picket fence, hedge or brick wall.

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DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

Jason Vander Griendt is the mechanical design engineering expert behind Render 3D Quickly, a company specializing in three-dimensional architectural renderings and visualizations. With years of experience in the field of 3D rendering and animation, Vander Griendt has established a global reputation for the exceptional insight and expertise he has regularly provided to architects, builders, contractors, designers, homeowners, and real estate companies from all over the world. Vander Griendt, a longtime mechanical drafting and design specialist, is a talented professional who regularly draws on his past experience utilizing the aluminum extrusion process as well as steelmaking processes that include bundling, casting, rolling, and smelting. The mechanical design engineer also possesses extensive experience in the printing industry as well as in sheet metal work and various kinds of machinery. Known for his quick response times and unyielding commitment to consistently providing outstanding customer service to each and every client, Vander Griendt is deeply passionate about architecture and design. Vander Griendt relishes every opportunity to provide photorealistic 3D renderings that allow the client to clearly visualize both the form and function of a potential project within the specifically proposed space. With access to the most advanced hardware and software available, Vander Griendt takes pride in his ability to quickly deliver outstanding work in a remarkably brief period of time.

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