NEW DELHI: While buying a house facilities are always on the top of our priority list, but we forget to perform due diligence on the security features. In a housing society there are many concerns regarding safety and security. It may sound trivial but when we start living in a high-rise society we eventually understand the importance of safety features.
Here are some tips to ensure you live in a safe housing society:
Before buying a house, it is very important to check whether the building is earthquake-resistant or not. Buyers should make sure they are buying in a building that can withstand an earthquake.
Along with this you must ensure that the developer has used quality construction materials so the structures of the building are strong. It is essential to live in a house which is built with all safety features.
Residents should have easy access to all emergency numbers in a housing society. These include ambulance service, fire department, lift service, women and child helpline, police department etc. All these numbers should be available on the society notice board and also outside every residential building/tower.
This way emergency numbers can be made available to everyone.
It is very important for a society to have fire safety devices such as fire extinguishers and sprinklers inside your homes. Fire safety equipment should also be installed in common areas on all floors of the building and residents should know how to use them. Fire safety drills should be conducted regularly to know how prepared the society is in case a fire breaks out. Guidelines regarding fire safety – such as residents should not use lifts or switch on electric appliances in case of fire – should be put up in various places.
All residential societies have security guards who make a note of people accessing the society and also take care of internal security. However, it is important to have guards who are well-trained and ensure that intruders do not access the society. Security guards should be from a reputed security company.
“Security is one of the top concerns for any real estate development as safety of residents is non-negotiable. In our developments, all our projects are gated and guarded security with 24/7 camera surveillance. All guests are required to register at the gate and no trespassing is allowed. There is also provision for optical fiber network; video surveillance system, perimeter security and entrance lobby security, fire prevention, suppression, detection and alarm system as per fire norms,” said Prasoon Chauhan, CEO of a leading real estate company.
There should be intercom facilities so guards can inform the residents about guests and anyone else at the entry gate. It is also important to have round-the-clock CCTV surveillance.
Children are the most vulnerable and they are prone to accidents. That is why, kids should be supervised in risk-prone spaces in a society. Areas such as swimming pool, kids play area, roads, rooftops etc should have first-aid boxes and security in place.
Residential societies have a regular flow of visitors, workers, labourers, maids and outsiders. The society should keep a track of all such visitors to ensure the safety of the residents. All activities within the society should be closely monitored. A book of visitors’ entry and exit details should be maintained by the security guards so outsiders’ access inside the society can be tracked.
Lifts in a housing society should be well-equipped with emergency devices and alarms so that if there is a power cut or any technical glitch, people inside the lift can come out safely. These lifts should be repaired on a regular basis so the safety of users is not compromised.
A safe residential society is a safe home for one and all.