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An Accessible Means of Egress

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Definition

An accessible means of egress has best been defined as a “continuous and unobstructed way of egress travel from any point in a building or facility that provides an accessible route to an area of refuge, a horizontal exit, or a public way”. I like to think of it as a way out for all occupants, regardless of their abilities.

Person using a Wheechair in Fire Refuge using Communications

Parts of an Accessible Means of Egress

The International Building Code 2009 says that there are key parts of an accessible means of egress, and these can include one or more of the following components:

  • Accessible routes, including horizontal exits, and ramps
  • Internal and external exit stairs
  • Evacuation lifts
  • Platform lifts
  • Refuge Areas

Australian Requirements

My book, “Evacuation of People with Disability & Emergent Limitations: Considerations for Safer Buildings & Efficient Evacuations” discusses this in detail. There are many issues that are not considered and are ultimately putting building…

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Exciting Media Release: New Licensed Partner – Safety Sign Sales Limited, Christchurch New Zealand

Accessible Exit Sign Project

Our New Licensed Partner

We would like to announce that Safety Sign Sales Limited in New Zealand is now a licensed partner of the Accessible Exit Sign Project.

Safety Signs Limited Wheelchair Disabled Accessible Exit Signs

To get a full PDF copy of this Media Release, dated 5 January 2015 click the link below

Media Release 5 January 2015 Licensed Partner – Safety Sign Sales Limited.

The contact details for Safety Sign Sales Limited are provided below:

Safety Sign Sales Limited is New Zealand’s leading supplier of Safety Signs to schools, industry, small and large businesses.

Safety Sign Sales has been creating and distributing signs both to the retail sector and the wholesale sector for over 20 years. They also proudly support a network of local Christchurch businesses to create their extensive range of signs.

We would like to take this opportunity…

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The Social Model of Disability ‘v’ The Medical Model

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I read an interesting article by Jarrod Marrinon on the Ramp Up website recently.  Jarrod discusses the ‘social model of disability’ and says that it is time to “leave the medical model of disability in the doctor’s room”. 

The timing of the article (17 June 2014) couldn’t have been any more coincidental as I was finalizing the draft of my book on evacuation considerations for people with disability and was tweaking up this section at the time.

I thought I’d share this extract of my book discussing the social model of disability prior to the official release in the next couple of days.

Evacuation of People with Disability and Emergent Limitations:

Considerations for Safer Buildings and Efficient Evacuations

Section 1.9 The Social Model of Disability

There has always been a tendency within society to ‘dis-enable’ people with disability.

Throughout history, people with disability have been ignored, hidden and cursed. When made…

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