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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

 

Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign Video

We are very excited to let everyone know that the Universal Design Meets the Exit Sign promotional video has also now 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.

Check out the new website too, there’s lots of great information.

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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Accessible Exit Sign Project is now referenced on Wikipedia

Exit Signs on Wikipedia screen imageWikipedia has now referenced the Accessible Exit Sign Project and the growing movement towards providing accessible exit sign designs. This acknowledges the requirement to consider all occupants in exit sign strategies in buildings and confirms that the Project is growing in awareness and recognition.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exit_sign

Accessible Exit Sign Project on Wikipedia

The section of the article reads the following, under a new heading “Accessible designs”:

Accessible designs

There is a trend towards providing a more accessible, socially inclusive exit sign design based on universal design principles, including consideration for people with disability in an overall exit sign strategy for a building or facility. The Accessible Exit Sign Project started in Australia in 2014, has spread to New Zealand and the United States, and is an international awareness campaign that promotes the need for an accessible means of egress. Advocates proposes that appropriate exit signage to identify the accessible means of egress is a critical component to the successful emergency planning for any building.

The proposed new exit sign design features an “Accessible Means of Egress Icon”, which includes an adaptation of the “running man” symbol with a new wheelchair symbol. The design is considered an enhanced version of the ISO 7010 and ISO 21542 accessible exit sign that shows the “running man” and International Symbol of Access at the end of the sign. The universally inclusive design with the “running man” and ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ wheelchair symbol essentially share the same upper torso, and the design shows the two moving through the door together. The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) has stated that the introduction of the “Accessible Means of Egress Icon” onto exit signage changes the current discriminatory approach to emergency exit signs and presents a fully inclusive design. “The combined ‘Running Man’ and ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ shown above are working together to escape the building. They move in unison, display the same urgency and motion and appear to be travelling at the same speed. Their heads are forward, showing their haste. Arms are extended and motioning back and forth as they move through the doorway.”

The accessible exit signs are now being produced in Australia and in New Zealand, also featuring braille and tactile lettering suitable for people that have low vision or are blind. The design is intended to show where wheelchair accessible exit routes, evacuation lifts, evacuation devices and areas of refuge are located. The concept also provides more intuitive building design to assist people that are blind or have low vision to locate an exit. The design also meets the intent of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which requires signatory countries to consider the need for universal design in buildings.

Everybody deserves a way out of a building in an emergency fund-raising t-shirts are back!

They’re back!

“Everybody deserves a way out of a building in an emergency”

Fund-raising T-Shirts are Back!

Accessible Exit Sign Project Fund-raising T-Shirt

http://teespring.com/everybody-deserves-a-way-out

We’re raising funds to help finance new ideas and running costs for the Accessible Exit Sign Project https://accessibleexitsigns.com/.

So why are we here trying to sell t-shirts? Well, we need to spread the word about the Accessible Exit Sign Project. This is a campaign that promotes the need for an accessible means of egress in all buildings for all building occupants, especially important for those people who face barriers when presented with a fire escape stairway as the only way out of a building. We also think that these designs look great on the t-shirts.

Accessible Exit Sign Project’s New Twitter and Google+ Accounts

Hi everyone, just a quick post to let you know we finally setup a dedicated Twitter account and Google+ page for the Accessible Exit Sign Project. Please come follow the project there

Twitter

https://twitter.com/AccessibleExits

@AccessibleExits

Google+

https://plus.google.com/+Accessibleexitsignsproject/posts

 

 

The Accessible Exit Sign Project in Issue 85 of The Professional Engineer journal, by the Society of Professional Engineers

The Accessible Exit Sign Project has been featured on page 3 of Issue 85 of The Professional Engineer journal, published by the Society of Professional Engineers.

A full copy of the article can be found here – http://www.professionalengineers-uk.org/pdfs/newsletters/ProEng-issue85.pdf

The article announces that Safety Sign Sales Ltd in Christchurch, New Zealand are now a licensed partner of the project.

 page 3 of Issue 85 of The Professional Engineer journal, published by the Society of Professional Engineers.The Society of Professional Engineers is based in the UK, but has an international membership. Please consider visting the Society’s website and reviewing their great work.

GBC Safety Glow announced as supplier of Photo-Luminescent Accessible Exit Signs

Media Release: New Partner – GBC Safety Glow

Our New Licensed Partner

GBC Safety Glow LogoWe would like to announce that GBC Safety Glow in the United States is now a licensed partner of the Accessible Exit Sign Project.

To get a PDF copy of this Media Release, dated 12 January 2015 click the link below;

Media Release 2 February 2015 Licensed Partner – GBC Safety Glow

The contact details for GBC Safety Glow are provided below:

GBC Safety Glow is a manufacturer of Photo-Luminescent products on a global scale. Manufactured in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, U.S with local people and state of the art technology. The company has built a reputation on providing quality products through quality people. The GBC Safety Glow team will assess your facilities needs with an onsite walk through anywhere in the U.S and abroad.  They will work directly with your safety team and or local building or fire inspector and create a plan to become code compliant. GBC Safety Glow design, manufacture and coordinate installation on every project no matter what the size. People helping People is their approach!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank GBC Safety Glow for their support of the Project and commitment to improving the built environment for people with disability in the form of supplying accessible exit signs.

Licensed Partners

We encourage signage companies around the world to become licensed partners of the Accessible Exit Sign Project. By doing so you will not only present as an organisation that considers corporate social responsibility a priority, but you’ll also have a unique product in the market place. You can then use the Icon on our designs, or you can design your own signs to suit your needs or local legislative requirements. We also encourage all those involved in public infrastructure projects to consider the use of the ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ within your own projects as we can also work on project specific license agreements.

Please contact us at info@egressgroup.com.au, we’d love to add you to our list of licensed partners.

GBC Safety Glow Website Screen Image

The use of Accessible Exit Sign Project designs

Accessible Exit Sign Project Exit Door SignI had a really good question sent to me on LinkedIn today, the LinkedIn user commented they were unsure if building inspectors in the United States would accept the Accessible Means of Egress icon on exit signs, and asked if they are acceptable in my home country (Australia). Here’s my response:

“Thanks for your comment and question. The signs will be available in the US very shortly, we’ve just signed up our first licensed partner to the Accessible Exit Sign Project (and are accepting other partners now too).

The design is being offered as a variation from the ISO 7010 / ISO 21542 example and is considered to be a more inclusive design. We do however acknowledge that when using any design solution that varies from a specific countries building code or technical standards it must be approved by the relevant authority. However, many countries now have ‘performance-based’ building codes and facilities are getting more and more reliant on fire engineering to satisfy building code requirements – this could be one of those areas that is considered. We are confident that the inclusion of the new recognizable Icon will benefit any exit sign strategy.

We also acknowledge that this may take some time for adoption, given there is still some parts of the world debating whether to use the “EXIT” word on exit signs or the Running Man design (Australia changed over in 2005). But regardless, the use of the new Icon could also be used to complement the design of locally required signs, and this is certainly the case with the Australian Braille and tactile exit door sign, which has the Icon above the required words in Braille and tactile characters (see my profile photo for an example).

Australia and New Zealand have performance-based building codes and these signs are now on the market which can be adopted as part of an ‘Alternative Solution’.

The following is an extract from a fact-sheet on the topic:

“An ‘Alternative Solution’ has been defined as a building solution which complies with the Performance Requirements other than by satisfying the ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ provisions.
The Australian Building Codes Board has been quoted as stating that the use of a performance-based approach to compliance “provides practitioners with a strong degree of flexibility to determine the most appropriate means for demonstrating compliance with the relevant Performance Requirements”. This therefore allows some level of creativity in how compliance (or a compliant building solution) can be achieved.

A performance-based approach could be extended with the use of enhanced exit signs under a fire engineered solution. Such a solution could be used to show an accessible means of egress to a safe place outside the building, a safe refuge within the building or the locations of evacuation lifts (or elevators).

This approach has to be a better solution that what would be provided under a ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ design solution.”

Please visit this link to read more:
https://accessibleexitsigns.com/accessible-means-of-egress-icon-fact-sheets/

Braille Sign Supplies announced as an Australian Supplier of Accessible Exit Signs

Media Release: New Partner – Braille Sign Supplies

Our New Licensed Partner

We would like to announce that Braille Sign Supplies in Australia is now a licensed partner of the Accessible Exit Sign Project.

To get a PDF copy of this Media Release, dated 12 January 2015 click the link below

Media Release 12 January 2015 Licensed Partner – Braille Sign Supplies

The contact details for Braille Sign Supplies are provided below:

Braille Sign Supplies Logo

Braille Sign Supplies stocks a large range of fully compliant Braille Signs and also proudly manufactures custom Braille / Tactile signs to assist people who are vision impaired.

Using quality materials and superior craftsmanship, they offer fast delivery Australia-wide with a large range of Stock Braille Signs to choose from in their online store. They also offer their clients the opportunity to stand out from the crowd with Custom Braille Signs made to order, with or without the use of the ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’.

All signs provided come complete and ready for easy self-installation. Braille Sign Supplies signs comply with Australian Standards, the Building Code of Australia, and Wayfinding Guidelines, and feature perfectly rounded beads to create a smooth and user-friendly raised tactile Braille text.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Braille Sign Supplies for their support of the Project and commitment to improving the built environment for people with disability in the form of supplying accessible exit signs.

Licensed Partners

We encourage signage companies around the world to become licensed partners of the Accessible Exit Sign Project. By doing so you will not only present as an organisation that considers corporate social responsibility a priority, but you’ll also have a unique product in the market place. You can then use the Icon on our designs, or you can design your own signs to suit your needs or local legislative requirements. We also encourage all those involved in public infrastructure projects to consider the use of the ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ within your own projects as we can also work on project specific license agreements.

Please contact us at info@egressgroup.com.au, we’d love to add you to our list of licensed partners.

Exciting Media Release: New Licensed Partner – Safety Sign Sales Limited, Christchurch New Zealand

Our New Licensed Partner

We would like to announce that Safety Sign Sales Limited in New Zealand is now a licensed partner of the Accessible Exit Sign Project.

Safety Signs Limited Wheelchair Disabled Accessible Exit Signs

To get a full PDF copy of this Media Release, dated 5 January 2015 click the link below

Media Release 5 January 2015 Licensed Partner – Safety Sign Sales Limited.

The contact details for Safety Sign Sales Limited are provided below:

Safety Sign Sales Limited is New Zealand’s leading supplier of Safety Signs to schools, industry, small and large businesses.

Safety Sign Sales has been creating and distributing signs both to the retail sector and the wholesale sector for over 20 years. They also proudly support a network of local Christchurch businesses to create their extensive range of signs.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Safety Sign Sales Limited for their support of the Project and commitment to improving the built environment for people with disability in the form of supplying accessible exit signs.

Licensed Partners

We encourage signage companies around the world to become licensed partners of the Accessible Exit Sign Project. By doing so you will not only present as an organisation that considers corporate social responsibility a priority, but you’ll also have a unique product in the market place. You can then use the Icon on our designs, or you can design your own signs to suit your needs or local legislative requirements. We also encourage all those involved in public infrastructure projects to consider the use of the ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ within your own projects as we can also work on project specific license agreements.

Please contact us at info@egressgroup.com.au, we’d love to add you to our list of licensed partners.