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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

Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign Official Launch

Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign is an initiative of The Accessible Exit Sign Project.

Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign Laptop SkinThe Project is an international awareness campaign that promotes the need for an accessible means of egress. The objectives of the Project are to start discussions between industry stakeholders, disability groups, legislators, developers, and insurers etc, to look at better building design solutions that provide safer buildings, reduce risk and meet the needs of all occupants.

A critical part of safe evacuations is providing clear wayfinding information for all occupants, with appropriate exit signage to identify the accessible exits, refuge areas, evacuation lifts and other evacuation devices.

The Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign concept presents a case to support the use of these signs in all buildings, which can provide a safer built environment. This justification and rationale for adopting the new accessible exit signs is detailed within a comprehensive White Paper.

The approach taken when preparing the White Paper has been to release a combination of mediums, including a website, audio files and a document in accessible formats. These are now available for download.

Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign Website Screen Image

The Accessible Exit Sign Project promotional video

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the The Accessible Exit Sign Project promotional video has been released.

It is available on the Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign website at the moment, as well as on YouTube. It will be loaded onto a dedicated page on this website very soon.

Enjoy!

Planning for Evacuating People with Disability, International Fire Protection Magazine Article, March 2015

Lee Wilson, Founder of the Accessible Exit Sign Project was approached late last year to write an article for the Asia Pacific Fire Magazine, which has now been published in the International Fire Protection Magazine, Issue 61.

International Fire Protection March 2015 Lee Wilson Planning for Evacuating PWDYou can now download a copy of the article by clicking the image above or this link

This is reproduced with permission from www.ifpmag.com

The following is an extract of the opening of the article:

A gap exists in many countries legislative framework relating to the evacuation of people with disability under disability discrimination, building and workplace safety laws. This gap exposes those members of the community with disability, particularly those with sensory or mobility disabilities to the risk of being delayed in their ability to evacuate a building or being entrapped within a building.

In 1997 the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) acknowledged this gap and recognised the need to improve the provisions for access and emergency egress for people with disability. The ABCB published RD 97/01, Provisions for People with Disabilities, a Regulatory Document which proposed an amendment to the Building Code of Australia (the ‘BCA’). The proposed amendments included radical changes to the access and egress provisions, including the requirement for accessible exits or places of safe refuge, or a combination of the two. Most of the access provisions proposed at that time were subsequently introduced into Volume 1 of the 2011 edition of the BCA, part of the National Construction Code. The access provisions have generally remained unchanged in subsequent editions of the BCA.

International Fire Protection March 2015 Cover Lee Wilson Planning for Evacuating PWD

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