You may want to put security measures in place to protect you home or maybe your business, but sometimes security measures can actually become a safety concern and could potentially backfire on you. For instance putting bars or grills on your windows may make you feel safer in that you can keep any intruders out, but if you have a fire in the house these windows could have been your best escape route if it weren`t for those bars or grills.
It is very important that you don`t block any doors or windows which are a potential escape route in the event of a fire or an explosion in your home or business. So if you do have security bars or screens on your windows please ensure they are fitted with a quick release mechanism from the inside so you can take them off quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is also important that everyone who uses your home or business knows how to use the quick release devices on your doors, as if you are the only one with this information and you are out when a fire occurs it would become a major problem.
You need to identify at least two escape routes from every room you have, this way if one is blocked by some occurrence you can escape through the other, and it is wise to go through an escape plan with all your family or business colleagues at least twice a year so they all know the plan and how to exit the building as quickly as possible.
Padlocks on doors or windows can be a major problem if you need to get out quickly so they are not always a good idea, I would think twice before having your door or window padlocked.
And when you are arranging the furniture in your home or office building ensure that you are not blocking any of the windows or doors with furniture, for instance do not have a large bookcase up against a window that could be a potential escape route in the event of an emergency. Also never nail or paint your windows shut as this can be a lethal option if you have a fire. There are many different types of windows now that open so you can have easy access into the street if required. Smyth Window Systems do a great variety of windows that could be of great benefit for you both from a security and safety point of view.