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That SAFETY map at work or home is more than a one page piece paper to get out of dodge!

In every workplace you will find them, EMERGENCY ROUTE MAPS to exit the building or how to get to staging areas in the event of critical events. And in reality you walk right by it every day but have you looked at it. Now add you the fact you are visiting a client, getting coffee or shopping or at a supplier HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE MAP, its not on the wall for added color or art!

I have seen everything from hand drawn to computer generated drawing!  And they usually have nice red lines and arrows noting how to get out of the building or exit to a staging area.  Accuracy is critical and so is marking things like first aid kits, fire extinguishers and AED machines, cross over floors or which way is north. And never forget the famous YOU ARE here dot on your map!

And I’m sure your company and supervisors have thought about the evacuation floor plan for the items listed below.

§ Designate Primary & Secondary Exits

§ No Emergency Exits in Restrooms

§ Exit Away From Rooms with Hazardous Materials

§ No Emergency Exits into Narrow Passages

§ Exit Signs Indicating the Nearest Emergency Exit

§ Designate an Assembly Area

§ No Use of Elevators to Reach an Emergency Exit

§ Indicate Exits with Wheelchair Access

§ Indicate the Employee’s Current Location

But what about the out side, what things are you mapping or routes or KEY points you really want staff or visitors to be aware of in an emergency. So you are outside NOW WHAT where do you go, how is it marked, what things am I AVOIDING short of the emergency I just left, am I going to shelter in place, what does it look like, where is it, what routes or things are in my shelter in place and WHERE is the PLAN B program. The fires in North Alberta at Ft Mac Murray were a prime example of this!

For the routes in the building this product does it free for you and with very little fuss or muss!

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 Extensive Design Symbol Library.

You’ll get thousands of ready-made symbols for direction arrows, exit locations, fire extinguishers, alarms, hazardous materials, fire escapes, “you are here” markers, first aid kit locations, and more.

But you are not getting the right picture, what about when you get outside the yard the street or where ever where are you going what is the PLAN B or C and what other things are you considering as the alarms are going off?

Evacuation Elements

A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury, and property damage. When developing your emergency action plan, it is important to determine the following:

§ Conditions under which an evacuation would be necessary.

§ Conditions under which it may be better to shelter-in-place. And where is the map for this one with the critical data!

§ A clear chain of command and designation of the person in your business authorized to order an evacuation or shutdown.

§ Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits.

§ Specific evacuation procedures for high-rise buildings.

o   For Employers

o   For Employees

§ Procedures for assisting visitors and employees to evacuate, particularly those with disabilities or who do not speak English.

§ Designation of what, if any, employees will remain after the evacuation alarm to shut down critical operations or perform other duties before evacuating.

§ A means of accounting for employees after an evacuation.

§ Special equipment for employees.

§ Appropriate respirators.

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