Stairway Evacuation

All employees should familiarise themselves with the location of stairs and emergency exits within the buildings in which they work should the need for stairway evacuation arise.

If the building in which you work has special stairway evacuation procedures, you should study these in advance of any emergency building evacuation.

• Walk to the nearest usable exit, and exit the building.
• If on the second floor, walk to the nearest stairway. If the door to the stairway is hot, or smoke or other hazardous condition is encountered or visible, proceed to an alternate stairway. Walk down the stairs and exit the building. Do not use any lifts. They may lose electrical power and trap you, or may automatically open into a fire or other hazardous situation.
• If you have information about people in the building who may need assistance, or about hazardous conditions existing in the building, report to an emergency stairway evacuation coordinator on the scene.
• Proceed well clear of the building and, if the problem is localised, assemble in the nearest car park/large open space.
• The designated areas for rescue assistance for persons with disabilities or serious injuries should be stairways of the building. Stairways at ends of the building should be used preferentially over others. Provide all possible assistance to persons with disabilities to reach the designated rescue assistance areas.

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