The Pulaski County Safety Committee has identified a number of concerns at various county buildings that need to be addressed. EMS Director Nikki Lowry is the chair. She told the county council and commissioners Monday night some of the issues may be addressed during courthouse renovations.
She says a lot of electrical cords are tripping hazards. Additionally, a number of offices in the courthouse and elsewhere use space heaters, which could start fires. Lowry suggested perhaps some of the issues at the courthouse can be addressed once renovations to bring the building into ADA compliance begin.
Another significant concern is what to do should a tornado warning be issued. Lowry says EMS, Pulaski County Highway and the recycling center do not have storage available. She adds the vault in the courthouse can be used, but it’s not large enough to accommodate a lot of people should severe weather strike in the middle of a meeting.
Lowry says the county also lacks adequate smoke detectors. There’s one at EMS and none at the highway garage, and there is also no means to quickly relay information to others.
Lowry is compiling a list of these and other safety concerns identified by the committee to share with the council and commissioners. Councilman Ken Boswell also agreed to serve as that body’s representative on the safety committee.