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The Rising Risks of Vertical Schools for Students and Teachers

Multi Story SchoolsWith the popularity of vertical schools in New Zealand on the rise, Evaculife Managing Director Bruce Bromley said schools are now needing to address the additional risks related to fire safety in multi-story structures more than ever before. The increase in vertical schools is a response to the growing demand for education in cities, with recent reports suggesting that Victoria will need an extra 220 schools by 2026. The first vertical school in Australia opened in 1976, however Victoria now has a handful of inner-city schools, with one opening in South Melbourne earlier this year. As an Accredited Disability AccessRead More
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Safe Emergency Evacuation of Schools

With the holidays now over, and the anticipation of the school year ahead, it’s an exciting time for kids, parents and teachers alike. With every new year, there’s new challenges, and teachers have been busy planning – and this goes beyond just classes and the curriculum. Staff at all schools need to have plans in place to make sure that in the event of an emergency, everyone can get out safely. An evacuation in a school is particularly challenging – that’s why having an emergency evacuation plan that caters for everyone – including those with mobility limitations – is essential.Read More
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How to Safely Evacuate Children From Upper Floors

Why emergency evacuation ladders are a must-have for families in multi-storey dwellings Every home and workplace needs an evacuation plan – and if you live or work in a multi-storey building, you’ll also need to plan how occupants, including children, will escape if the usual exits are blocked. An emergency evacuation ladder provides an affordable and practical solution, transforming almost any upper-storey window into a portable fire escape. And importantly, they can be used to carry children and infants safely to the ground in the event of a fire. This makes them a potentially life-saving emergency tool – and oneRead More
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Emergency Management and Evacuation

General Requirements All buildings must develop, implement and adopt emergency plans to ensure a safe environment for employees, residents and visitors. When developing these plans the needs of people with disabilities must be considered. Ideally, all visitors should be able to independently evacuate from a level of a building, other than the entry level by way of an evacuation lift. However, it is acknowledged that buildings may not have been constructed to provide this level of accessibility in evacuation routes. Where a person might have difficulty negotiating an exit route (i.e. using a fire stairs), each building must implement someRead More
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How To Prepare For An Emergency Evacuation In Childcare Centres And Hospitals

If an emergency strikes in a child care facility or a hospital where children are being cared for, the task of getting everyone out safely is challenging. Because babies and children all need extra assistance in an emergency situation any evacuation is going to take longer than usual – which is why having an escape plan and the right emergency equipment is vital. Today, over 900,000 children attend formal child care. Childcare centre managers and staff have an ethical and legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children in their care. It’s up to them to make sure that ifRead More
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Evacuation of people with a disability

In May 2011, new Federal and State legislation was introduced to improve access to buildings for people with a disability. The new access provisions do not specifically address egress or evacuation provisions for people with a disability, but there are still legal obligations that need to be met under the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation. It is important for key stakeholders to understand their obligations and explore all appropriate options to ensure that people with a disability will be able to evacuate a building in an emergency. Defining ‘disability’ The term ‘disability’Read More
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Lift Breakdowns: Why Powered Evacuation Chairs Are Critical During Lift Failures

They’re supposed to be an essential technology that helps us get where we need to go more quickly. But when something goes wrong with a lift, it can cause confusion, fear, and even danger if there is no backup solution in place. Lifts Lifts break downs are serious issues. Even if no one gets stuck in the lift itself, when a lift isn’t working it can prevent people from getting to places they want to go, which can lead to much frustration and negative feelings. Why Lift Break Downs Cause Problems For most people a lift For most people aRead More