Evacuation diagrams and safety signs play an important role in ensuring the safety of all visitors, guests and staff visiting an air bnb, motel or other accommodation venue. They provide clear, simple and concise information in a format that enables the reader to quickly determine what they need to do and where they need to go if they need to evacuate their room, or the hotel, in the event of an emergency.
Fire Evacuation Safety Plans
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What buildings need a Fire Safety Evacuation Plan?
Put simply, any building within Australia that is open to the public needs to have a Fire Safety Evacuation Plan in place to ensure visitors, staff, and tenants are safe at all times.
These public spaces include:
Shopping centres and schools
Tenanted buildings such as offices, commercial precincts, and medical practices
Venues where people sleep (such as hotels, resorts, apartment blocks, rooming houses)
And virtually any other building that is not deemed a residential dwelling.
The individual responsible for this Fire Safety Evacuation Plan is the ‘person conducting the business or undertaking’. For example, this could be the owner of the business, site manager, head of staff at the school or the warehouse manager. Regardless of who manages the facility, safety is everyone’s responsibility, so we encourage everyone to keep an eye out for Fire Safety Evacuation Plans and ensure they are up to date.
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About EVAC Plans
In order to comply with fire safety regulations and the strict guidelines set out within Australian Standard for Planning for emergencies in facilities (AS3745-2010), hotels must have:
Under AS3745-2010 evacuation diagrams in hotels must show an accurate but uncomplicated floor plan of the hotel, along with a brief, easily understood description of the emergency procedures to be followed. The Government may issue fines of up to $30,000 for non-compliance.
In addition to being easy-to-read, hotel evacuation diagrams must include the following minimum elements to show the reader:
The evacuation diagram may also show a more detailed site plan that includes other exits and paths from the location to the emergency assembly point.
The Australian Standard and associated regulations also set out the specific requirements for the positioning, orientation and size of evacuation diagrams. It states that hotel evacuation diagrams must be:
Hotels are subject to the same rules for evacuation planning and signage as any other business. However, when you consider that a Hotel has a commercial kitchen, extensive electrical components, outlets and wiring, air conditioning, and elevators, and has a population of a large number of people unfamiliar with the layout, in addition to a multitude of other factors that can exponentially increase the possible safety risks, it becomes clear that there are good reasons why hotels need evacuation and safety signs.
Evacuation diagrams and safety signs: