Evacuation for Leisure Centres
On a daily basis, leisure centres see hundreds of visitors of all ages and with a wide range of physical capabilities. As such, it is important for building managers to be prepared to evacuate mobility-restricted individuals from your leisure centre in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Leisure centres cater to various clientèle. Most centres run courses and programs for individuals with special needs, some of whom may have mobility restrictions. The same goes for elderly patrons, as some may use wheelchairs, walkers and canes. So, at certain times of the day, there may be rooms full of people who will need assistance vacating the property in the event of an emergency.
Even if your programs do not cater specifically to mobility-restricted or elderly individuals, it is still important to consider how you would evacuate these visitors in the event of an emergency. During a fire drill or an actual emergency situation, it is your responsibility to ensure that everyone in the building can be evacuated safely.
Considerations for evacuation of leisure centres
Evacuation equipment such as evacuation chairs or evacuation mattresses help to evacuate people quickly and safely from leisure centres, and it is important to ensure that all evacuation equipment at the leisure centre is regularly maintained, similar to cars or boilers, regular servicing of your evacuation equipment ensures that it will be in proper working order should an emergency evacuation take place.
Additional to this, it is important to consider those using the equipment to evacuate individuals from the leisure centre - do they know how to use the equipment? Are they confident enough to quickly and safely evacuate somebody if the need arises? It is vital to make sure that every member of staff who may end up using the equipment is trained in use of evacuation chairs or evacuation mattresses to assist somebody in evacuating the leisure centre.
If you would like support and advice around emergency and evacuation planning of your leisure centre, or choosing the best evacuation products for your buildings, please contact one of of Public Sector specialists today on 0844 800 1775 or if you would like somebody to give you a call, use the form on our contact us page and someone will get back to you asap.