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Home Fire Safety Tips for High-Risk Groups

When it comes to home fire safety, some groups and individuals have a higher risk of injury or death. Most vulnerable are children under five and adults aged 65 plus, as both are twice as likely to die in a residential fire than the general population. Other high-risk groups are people with disability including reduced mobility, cognitive impairment, hearing loss or blindness. If anyone in your home is in a high-risk group, it’s essential that your home fire escape plan includes the extra steps required to assist them in an emergency. Read on to learn some important tips to helpRead More
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Stairway Evacuation Devices, Fire Engineering Reports and the Building Codes

Fire Engineering Buildings are becoming more and more fire engineered. This means that a Fire Engineer has been involved in developing an approved and compliant building design that meets the ‘Performance Requirements’ of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). When a Fire Engineer writes a Fire Engineering Report and proposes the adoption of an ‘Alternative Solution’ as a form of compliance with the BCA, there must be a consideration for the needs of people with disability in the evacuation plans and procedures for the building. Applicable ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ Provisions The current BCA has very few ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ access provisions pertaining to theRead 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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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
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Disabled Can’t Get Down Low and Go Go Go

Help Me, I Can’t Breathe Emergency Smoke Masks & Hoods are inexpensive, simple to use and should be an essential item in everyone’s fire safety toolkit and especially those who have a mobility impairment or who cant safely evacuate independently such as the disabled and elderly. From the time we were children, fire safety messages have been taught to us in the hope that if the worst was to happen and we are caught in an emergency situation, we’ll know what to do. Over time, some messages have changed, but one in particular is still as relevant as ever: if you are caughtRead More