Making events accessible
Choosing a venue: Alarms and evacuation process
- Will the alarms be tested on the day of the event?
- Are there visual alarms as well as audible ones?
- What is the evacuation procedure for people with mobility impairments and/or wheelchair users?
- Is there a level access fire exit?
- Are the lifts fireproof?
- Where is the refuge area for people who are not able to use stairs in the event of a fire and lifts being turned off?
When choosing a venue, it is important to consider the fire regulations and drills for that building. Many people who use services will not be happy for various reasons if you are not on the ground floor and the lifts cannot be used in case of an emergency. Details of such arrangements should be read out to participants at the start of the meeting/event and everyone providing support at the event.
Do evacuation procedures meet the needs of people with mobility and/or sensory impairments? Can, for example, the lifts be used in case of fire? When an alarm sounds are there accompanying lights?
I would not be comfortable if the lifts were out of action and I had to wait upstairs for the fire brigade to arrive.