Fire and Life Safety Program

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Unformatted text preview: cy Evacuation Floor Plans: Emergency Evacuation Floor Plans for non-residential buildings will be posted at each elevator bank or in hallways, or where the evacuation route is not obvious. The plans show the locations all exits, primary and secondary evacuation routes, and portable fire extinguishers. The plans are conspicuously located and updated as necessary by the Building Coordinator. See “Emergency Evacuation Floor Plan Guidelines,” page 67, below. Emergency Evacuation for Persons With Disabilities The following provides a general guideline of the evacuation procedures during fire and other building emergencies for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities must work with their Building Coordinator to identify the primary and secondary evacuation routes from each building they use. In that regard, individuals with disabilities that may preclude them from quickly exiting from a building need to: • • • Be familiar with evacuation options available to persons with disabilities Identify evacuation assistants who are willing to assist in case of an emergency Ask supervisors, the Building Coordinator or the Fire Prevention Bureau about evacuation plans for the building(s) Most buildings have accessible exits at the ground level floor that can be used during an emergency. However, in many buildings people will need to use stairways to reach building exits. Remember that elevators cannot be used because they may not be safe to use in an emergency and, in many buildings, they are automatically recalled to the ground floor for use by firefighters in case of fire. Evacuation Options for Persons with Disabilities Persons without disabilities must evacuate to the nearest exit. Persons with disabilities have three basic evacuation options, presented in order of preference: • Horizontal evacuation: using building exits to the outside ground level or going into unaffected wings of multi-building complexes (Often this is not an option) • Stairway evacuation: using steps to reach ground level exits from the building, with or without the aid of an evacuation assistant • Area of Refuge: with an evacuation assistant, going to a pre-determined area of refuge away from obvious danger. The evacuation assistant(s) will then go to the building evacuation assembly point and notify the on-site emergency personnel of the location of the $& FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY PROGRAM person with a disability. necessary. Emergency personnel will determine if furth...
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