September 3rd marks Skyscraper Day, an annual celebration which falls on the birthday of legendary architect, Louis H Sullivan who was recognised as the ‘father of skyscrapers’ having designed the first tower of its kind — the Home Insurance Building in Chicago.
The term ‘skyscraper’ is said to originate from the USA in the late 1800s, during the building boom in both Chicago and New York. At this time, any building that had more floors than its surrounding structures was coined a skyscraper. Nowadays, it is given to any building with 40 or more floors.
Living in a high-rise structure presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to safety of residents. While in regular homes you need only travel down a flight or two of stairs to reach safe territory, in taller structures, it could be numerous flights to get to ground level and out of the building.
Here, we offer a few safety tips for those living in high-rise buildings in order to avoid a dangerous situation.
- Make yourself aware of escape routes
In the event of an emergency, it’s important for you to be clued up on the evacuation areas of the building. Try to remain calm, and stick to a predetermined action plan so you can get to safety quickly with minimal panic.
- Install smoke alarms
Make sure your home is kitted out with all the necessary smoke alarms and monitors. Regularly test the effectiveness and replace all batteries habitually. If the alarm stops working, get in touch with your Housing Association or Building Management to arrange a swift repair.
- Keep exits clear
If you need to make a quick exit from your apartment, it’s vital to have all passages and doorways clear to avoid accidents. Make sure all wires are out of the way, and that there is minimal clutter.
- Arrange home safety checks
Local Fire and Rescue services will complete home safety visits for anyone living in a high-rise building to offer advice, carry out thorough checks, and make you aware of any welfare concerns.