Emergency Evacuation Maps: Seven Tips
Increasingly, churches are implementing security plans and teams to protect members, visitors, and facilities. An important aspect of any Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is the posting of emergency evacuation maps in hallways and rooms.
While there are no specific OSHA guidelines on evacuation map design, there are a number of basic tenants that, when followed, will compliment a well-developed EAP.
• Posted evacuation maps inform staff, volunteers, and visitors of your EAP and show you’re serious about safety.
• First word in evacuation maps is “Clarity”!
• “You Are Here” notations, two egress paths per map (minimum), AED and fire extinguisher locations, etc.
• 8.5” X 11” is a very workable size
• Place near emergency lighting and where access to exits is not readily apparent.
• Provide digital copies to first responders
• Inform your insurance carrier
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