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Lesson #7: Emergency Exits

Based on stories/lessons learned from your colleagues and co-workers.

What Happened: Pay attention to exits - In the event of a power loss, chair lifts, elevators, and garage doors may not work...Know and plan for alternative methods.

Emergency Exits

Check your emergency exits (home, work, wherever you go on errands). Your emergency exits should be:

  • known to all - consider options in case the obvious exits are inaccessible (can you use a window if fire blocks a doorway?)
  • accessible – not blocked by furniture, stored items or mess
  • able to accommodate wheelchair users, baby strollers and other mobility devices
  • tested for usability
  • Whenever possible, try to have multiple exits - keep your escape options open!

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