Fire escapes and disabled access

All employers have an obligation to ensure that their fire escape plans take account of disabled people. The specific responsibilities this entails are laid out by the following laws and regulations:

Possible fire safety measures for the disabled

There are a number of possible strategies for making a workplace's fire safety arrangements easier for the disabled to use. These may include: Disabled Access Fire Escape Chair

As with any other changes to a building, office construction work to provide fire escapes for the disabled can only be done after consultation with the relevant planning department and fire authority.

Fire escape descending wheelchairs

It may be appropriate to provide a specialist stair descending wheelchair, such as the exitMASTER EMVE model illustrated to the right.

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