IF YOU THINK THE FIRE SERVICE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVACUATING
OR RESCUING YOUR STAFF, CUSTOMERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FROM YOUR
PREMISES YOU ARE WRONG!
safety legislation placing the onus on responsible persons to
assess and manage fire risk, some companies still believe that the
evacuation of disabled people is the responsibility of the fire
and rescue service, and so long as refuges are provided they
have fulfilled their duty. This is certainly not the case, and government
guidance clearly states that a premises emergency plan 'should not rely on
fire and rescue service involvement’.
relatively safe waiting areas for short periods; they are not areas where
disabled people can be left indefinitely or until rescued by the fire service.
organisation it is the responsibility of management to plan for the
evacuation of disabled people using their premises. Personal emergency
(PEEP's) should be prepared for each disabled employee, resident or other
for assistance with PEEP's (DVD)
devices such as chairs or mattresses may not be suitable for everyone. Some
users – for example, those with brittle bones or who require on-board life
support systems – cannot usually use them. A risk assessment should be
carried out in such cases to evaluate their needs, and it may be necessary
to limit such people to the ground floor only or 'defend in place'.
Don't forget that people with
hearing deficiencies may not be able to hear a fire alarm, even worse if
they are asleep. We have the answer - DEAFGARD
A device designed to fit under a pillow and wake the sleeping guest. It
can also be used as an 'alarm clock'.
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providing tremendous benefit during evacuation drills and exercises.