Next time you have a fire drill and have to evacuate a building, take a moment to consider if there is anyone around you that is, or could be, experiencing difficulty getting out – or maybe even you. If you are a Fire Warden even more reason to read the guide on Safe Evacuation for All from the National Disability Authority in Ireland. It can be downloaded in sections or read online. The aims of this publication are:
- to encourage anyone preparing an evacuation plan to consider the needs of people of all ages, sizes, abilities and disabilities in those plans;
- to help those responsible for buildings to recognise and understand the evacuation features relevant for people with disabilities;
- to give guidance on providing safe evacuation for people of all ages, sizes abilities and disabilities; and
- to identify good practice in providing safe evacuation for everybody.