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Evacuation and Emergency Management Cartoons

Cartoons Send a Clear Message

Lee Wilson, founder of the Accessible Exit Sign Project believes that cartoons are an excellent way to send a message in a clear, informative and humorous way. As people say, “a picture paints a thousand words“.

The following cartoons are a creative collaboration between Lee Wilson and Michael Richards.  Michael is a professional cartoonist based in Washington in the U.S. Michael’s the creative drawing talent and Lee comes up with the ideas and colors in the cartoons.

Whilst these cartoons may not be humorous, we hope that they can help highlight the need for accessible buildings with an accessible means of egress.

Please contact Lee to discuss the free use of these cartoons for non-commercial purposes, such as in presentations, websites, newsletters, magazines or the like where they will help convey an important message.

A Lack of Emergency Evacuation Lift

Cartoon of a lady using a wheelchair looking at Non Emergency Elevator

No accessible egress via a fire stairs

Cartoon of a lady using a Wheechair in Fire Stairs looking down the stairs

Emergency Evacuation Lift

Cartoon of a fire fighter standing in evacuation lift saying come this way I'll take you down to a man with a guide dog with Braille Sign

Cartoon of a fire fighter standing in evacuation lift saying come this way I'll take you down to a woman in a wheelchair with Braille Sign

Refuge Area Communication

Cartoon of a lady using a Wheechair in Fire Refuge using Communications with Accessible Means of Egress Icon

Evacuation Chair Use

Cartoon of a man using an Evacuation Chair in Fire Stairs to help a lady down the stairs

Network Messages via Computer System

Cartoon of a man wearing a hearing aid looking at a computer screen telling him the building is being evacuated

Non-Accessible Exit Door

Cartoon of an elederly man using a walking frame trying to open an exit door

 

Emergency Elevator (or Passenger Lift) Accessible Signage

Over the last four decades there has been a growing consensus that tall buildings must consider the use of specially designed and constructed evacuation lifts as part of the overall egress strategy of a building.

Braille Sign Supplies Emergency Evacuation Lift Sign with Braille and Tactile Text

It has been widely acknowledged that the use of an evacuation elevator / passenger lift will speed up fire evacuation and will provide a critical component of an accessible means of egress for those occupants with disability.

Cartoon of a fire fighter standing in evacuation lift saying come this way I'll take you down to a woman in a wheelchair with Braille SignHowever, when an evacuation lift is provided, there needs to be suitable signage displayed in prominent locations so that building occupants know of its availability.

There is no point designing and installing an evacuation elevator but neglecting to provide suitable signs. This would be unsafe and defeat the purposes of the extra level of evacuation safety provided by the evacuation elevator.

Braille Sign Supplies Emergency Evacuation Lift Sign on Wall, next to lift doors

Furthermore, people are conditioned not to use an elevator during an emergency. “Do not Use Elevator in Emergency” signs (or similar wording) are displayed in most buildings. So if the lift is to be used for evacuation purposes, then people need to know.

A consistent approach using the Accessible Means of Egress Icon can help to provide a consistent, clear and informative message to building occupants. There must also be accessible formats of signs installed at an accessible height range for all people, with Braille and tactile information.

The image above shows a suitable sign currently being produced in Australia by Braille Sign Supplies, http://braillesignsupplies.com.au/stock-sign-categories/egress.html

This design also has a tactile version of the Accessible Means of Egress Icon.

Cartoon of a fire fighter standing in evacuation lift saying come this way I'll take you down to a man with a guide dog with Braille Sign