- If safe, secure vital records and shut down electrical
- Proceed to your predetermined exit or alternate exit. Shut
all doors as you leave.
- Floor staff must ensure that all staff and visitors
evacuate the area
- Assist disabled employees or visitors
- Proceed quietly and orderly
- DO NOT USE ELEVATORS
- DO NOT OPEN DOOR if it is hot or there is smoke present
- Once outside, assemble at a designated area and stay
there; your supervisor will need to have a tally of their personnel
It is very likely that evacuations will involve disabled
individuals. They are the experts of their own disabilities and know the best
way to move themselves out of a building in an emergency. Make sure the person
understands what is happening, and what procedure must be followed. Many
disabled people are vulnerable to respiratory complications, remove them from
smoke or fumes immediately.
People having mobility impairments may or may not use
wheelchairs. Those individuals, who can ambulate in varying degrees, will need
to be carried down stairs, or otherwise be assisted. If needed, ask them for
instructions or assistance.
USERS FOR THIS INFORMATION:
- How to transfer the person from the wheelchair (or moving
the person downstairs while in the wheelchair). NEVER
carry an individual backwards down a flight of stairs.
- The number of people needed for assistance.
- Know that some wheelchair users use catheter leg bags,
braces, oxygen, prosthetics, etc.
- Many can experience spasticity or extreme pain when being
moved from their wheelchairs
- Although most visually impaired people will be familiar with
their immediate work area, make sure to:
- Explain the nature of the emergency
- Offer to guide them. As you walk, explain your
destination, where you are, any obstacles, which way you are going to turn, the
number of steps, etc.
- Upon reaching safety, orient them to their surroundings.
Ask if further assistance is needed.
IMPAIRED OR SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE
Communication varies with people who are deaf, hearing or
speech impaired. Audible alarms may not be heard by them. It is important that
everyone understand what is happening and how to proceed.
- To gain attention, turn light switch on and off, tap on
shoulder, wave your hands, etc. Indicate through gestures or writing what is
happening and what to do
REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE
WITH DISABILITIES ARE UNIQUE. THROUGH COMMUNICATION EVACUATION CAN BE QUICK AND