What are the 6 P’s for Evacuation?

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The funny thing about basic emergency training is that despite its importance, most people don’t encounter many opportunities to learn about it on a day-to-day basis. While knowing how to evacuate from a building properly can save lives, it isn’t something that people besides emergency services professionals tend to think about.

Do Your Early Home Safety Lessons Pan Out?

As children in grade school, we usually learn something about basic fire safety at school, including evacuation procedures for specific buildings like your school. Parents may even join in by continuing these safety lessons by helping to create an evacuation plan that’s specific for their home.

Whether or not you remember getting this kind of early evacuation training, the chances are that you could benefit from an update on proper emergency protocol and from developing a new evacuation routine for your current living situation. That’s because you can’t rely on what you learned back in grade school regarding life-or-death situations.

At Evacuscape, the importance of high-quality evacuation equipment and the understanding of safety procedures go hand in hand.  That’s because even the best equipment in the industry won’t perform at its best without some practical know-how. That’s where our list of the 6 P’s of evacuation comes into play, so you can rest assured that you’ve considered and implemented everything at your disposal in case of emergency.

Planning

Another version of the 6 P’s that companies sometimes refer to tends to go something like Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. The problem with these 6 P’s is that the entire combination of words boils down to only one P – Planning. What’s helpful about this iteration is that it highlights the enormous emphasis that should be placed on making sure you have a plan in place.

One of the best ways to plan ahead when it comes to safely exiting a building is to create an essential emergency evacuation checklist and keep it available in an easy-to-access location. Making a plan will ensure not only that you’ve gathered the right equipment and supplies but that you know how to use your safety items.

Planning will also ensure that everyone in your home understands of how to proceed in the case of emergencies. Sharing a plan that includes emergency protocols like assessing risk, calling 9-1-1, and responding to specific scenarios will also help the members of your home manage the stress they might experience when facing these difficult situations.

Preparation

Besides making a plan for everyone in your home to remember, another essential part of proper evacuation protocol is to prepare what you’ll need well in advance. You can start by considering what emergency equipment benefit your particular home and assembling an emergency kit that can cover many contingencies.

One way to make things easier is to divide the items you’ll need into three

  • Consumables
  • Medical
  • Supplies

When it comes to consumables, you should prepare enough bottled water and non-perishable foods to survive for at least three days. When it comes to medical supplies, you can either buy a complete first aid kit or prepare one yourself with the guidance of your doctor or local emergency services professional.

Professionalism

In the business of evacuation safety, cutting corners isn’t an option. At Evacuscape, you can rest easy knowing that you’re in the hands of an experienced company that manufactures equipment of the highest standard. Part of what makes Evacuscape remain at the apogee of professionalism is our adherence to regulations regarding public safety and our continued commitment to staying informed in these matters.

One good example of this occurs on our website, where you can learn about emergency evacuation law and issues like

  • Whether businesses in Canada are legally obligated to provide an evacuation chair
  • Recommendations from Canada’s emergency preparedness guide
  • The Rights of People with Disabilities in emergency situations

Placement

Besides planning and producing the best equipment, you must ensure the location of your emergency equipment is in the right place. Suppose you are part of a board for a high-rise condominium building. In that case, you’re going to want to be sure that you have emergency equipment like evacuation chairs available for easy access on every floor. If you’re buying an evacuation chair for your home, it must remain located in an area that is readily accessible.

Practice Makes Perfect

We all know that there is no perfect situation when it comes to emergencies. But practicing remains the best way to ensure that’s you’ve done everything you can to create a better outcome in the face of unknown dangers.

Here at Evacuscape, the practice of proper evacuation procedures is something that never ends. While ensuring that our stair evacuation chair is readily accessible emergencies, the well-being of people in real-life emergencies requires more than simply keeping the right equipment on the premises. If more people understood how local safety devices like evacuation chairs and defibrillators functioned, it could save more lives.

The best way to stay in practice for evacuation scenarios is to gather everyone in your home for regular reminders about your planning, preparation and how to use emergency kit items and equipment.

Price

It inevitably costs money to manufacture life-saving equipment. While price isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to people’s safety, it also should never be the thing that prevents anyone from having access to a safe environment. That’s why we work to ensure that Evacuscape chairs are affordable for businesses to keep on their premises.

One of the reasons that people end up overspending on vital emergency equipment is that they wait until the last minute when they have no other choice but to buy the first option, no matter the price. That’s why we include price as one of the 6 P’s of evacuation. Plan ahead with Evacuscape, and you’ll always get quality products at a reasonable price.

If there’s one thing you can predict about an evacuation scenario, it’s that you’ll have to move and think fast when it happens. That means you won’t have the time or state of mind to reason through all of your best options. That’s why you need to start planning well in advance of any possibility by following the 6 P’s of evacuation. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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