Disabled Persons

Use of elevators

Elevators are useful in some non-fire emergencies.  However, elevators are not safe to use if there is a fire alarm.  Elevators in some buildings do not work if the fire alarm is activated.  Also, elevator shafts can become a chimney for smoke and heat.  The power can go out, leaving an elevator stuck between floors.

Evacuation procedures

  • Attempt a rescue evacuation only when a physically disabled person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for professional assistance.
  • If you do not attempt a rescue evacuation, the disabled person should be moved to the nearest stairwell, or a room with the door shut which is well clear of any known hazard.  If possible, at least one person should wait with the disabled person.
  • Ask others leaving the building to notify emergency responders that a physically disabled person needs assistance in evacuating. Give the specific location.
  • If waiting for rescue is not an option, two physically capable occupants of the building should be invited to volunteer to assist the disabled person in evacuating. Ask how the disabled person can best be assisted or moved, and whether he/she requires any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • Keep in mind that you may need to clear debris in order to safely evacuate.
  • Do not use elevators unless told to do so by emergency responders.