Some of our insured associations have been observed to be less-than-diligent about life safety equipment, procedures, and precautions in their facilities. As the term indicates, life safety is concerned with protecting the very lives of the members, visitors, and employees, and should be afforded significant attention, even though emergencies are fortunately infrequent. Safe means of exiting the premises in case of an emergency are vital to the well-being of all persons involved. The following tips can increase the ease with which emergency situations are handled.
A means of egress should be provided from each point in the facility to a public way. Each of the separate and distinct parts (the exit access, the exit, and the exit discharge) should be maintained completely clear of obstacles.
Emergency lighting equipment should receive documented periodic testing.
Exit lighting should be illuminated at all times.
Any door in a means of egress designed to normally be closed, such as a door to a stair enclosure or horizontal exit, should be self-closing, and should never be secured open except by UL approved devices.
Following these protocols can increase the ease with which your association handles emergency situations if they arise. If in doubt, check with your local authorities.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.