Preventing Vehicle Impact to Facilities
By Andy Lacewell
Property Conservation Consultant for Public Entity Partners
Vehicles don’t just collide with other vehicles. They crash into buildings and city facilities on a frequent basis. According to research conducted by the Storefront Safety Council, more than 60 vehicles crash into buildings every day, leading to 3,600 injuries per year1.
The damage caused by vehicles backing into or colliding with buildings and utilities can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Vehicle collisions with buildings can cause significant damage, including collapsed buildings, damage to walls, doors and glass, and even injuries to employees and the general public.
One low-cost way to protect buildings and property is to install steel protective bollards. Bollards provide excellent barrier protection from moving vehicles, and can be used to protect buildings, doorways, overhead doors and fire bays. Protective bollards can also provide vehicle strike protection to utility structures, such as gas regulator stations, fire hydrants, HVAC units and fuel tanks/pumps.
Steel protective bollards can be easily installed in most locations, and typically come in standard or heavy-duty weights. Although most bollards are painted safety yellow, many decorative bollards are available to enhance the look of your property. The majority of bollards are at least three feet tall to match the bumper height of most vehicles.
Public Entity Partners recommends the installation of steel protective bollards anywhere vehicles, fire trucks and mobile equipment enter and exit garage areas. It is also recommended that bollards, or adequate parking stops, be used any time vehicles are parked near buildings or other utility structures.
Public Entity Partners’s annual Property Conservation Grant is a great way to help finance the purchase of these protective devices, along with many other items designed to protect an entity’s property. Public Entity Partners will reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of the approved items(s), subject to a maximum limit.
Please visit https://www.PEpartners.org/Pages/grantsandscholarships for more information on all Public Entity Partners’s grant programs.
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