Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

The following guidelines should be considered in evacuating persons with disabilities:

  • Communicate the nature of the emergency to the person.
  • Ask the person how you can assist.
  • If possible, evacuate mobility aids with the person (i.e. crutches, wheelchairs).

Visual Impairments

  • Describe the nature of the emergency , and offer to guide the person to the nearest emergency exit. Have the person take your elbow and escort him, advising of any obstacles, such as stairs, narrow passageways, or overhanging objects. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where you are, and ask if further assistance is needed.

Hearing Impairments

  • Most buildings are not equipped with flashing light alarms and persons with impaired hearing may not perceive that an emergency exists. Communicate with the person by writing a note or using simple hand gestures.

Persons Using Wheelchairs

Ask the person what method of assistance he prefers. Some people have minimal ability to move, and lifting them may be dangerous to them. Some persons using wheelchairs have respiratory complications; remove them from smoke or fumes immediately. If the disabled person wants to be moved in the wheelchair, keep the following considerations in mind:

  • Ask if they want to move forward or backward down stairs.
  • Wheelchairs have many movable or weak parts.
  • Some persons have no upper trunk or neck strength.
  • Power wheelchairs have very heavy batteries; an evacuation chair may be needed and the chair retrieved later.
  • If a seatbelt is available, use it.
  • Do not attempt to move a person in a wheelchair by yourself; seek help.
  • Ask how to remove him from the wheelchair.
  • Ask whether to move his extremities or not.
  • Ask whether he want to be moved down the stairs forward or backward.
  • Ask whether the seat cushion or pad should be brought.
  • Ask what is necessary for aftercare.


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