Review Emergency Evacuation Plan for Efficiency

Make sure the emergency evacuation plan for your leased space addresses the needs of disabled individuals, including disabled employees and visitors. If it doesn’t, these individuals may find it difficult, if not impossible, to evacuate your space in an emergency. For example, if your space’s exits don’t have signs with raised or Braille letters on them, people who are blind or visually impaired may have trouble locating them and evacuating in an emergency. If disabled individuals can’t evacuate during an emergency, they could end up with serious injuries—or even get killed.

Also make sure your emergency evacuation plan complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state and local access laws. The ADA requires public accommodations, such as retail stores and most offices, to have certain safeguards in place to help ensure that individuals with disabilities can evacuate in an emergency. Keep in mind that failure to comply with these requirements could lead to government fines and lawsuits.


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