Making events accessible

Choosing a venue: Alarms and evacuation process

Checklist:

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.

People commented:

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.