What is an Evacuation Diagram?
An emergency evacuation diagram is one of the most important pieces of information for your building. Its purpose is to provide the occupants with information on how to evacuate your building should an emergency situation arise.
Why Should a Business Have an Evacuation Diagram?
Evacuation Diagrams are mandatory for all Australian Workplaces and multiple residency buildings. Spartan Fire ’s design team is a leading service provider of emergency evacuation diagrams for all applications.
IMPORTANT: Queensland has specific requirements for evacuation diagrams in its Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BSFR 2008).
What Should be Included in an Evacuation Diagram?
An Evacuation Diagram should consist of a pictorial representation of the floor or area of a building and other relevant emergency response information as set out in AS 3745-2010. These diagrams are intended to provide emergency and evacuation information for occupants and visitors and contain information such as:
- Exit lights and exit routes
- Assembly points/areas
- Emergency information
- Portable and fixed firefighting equipment
- Manual call points (MCP)/communication equipment.
- Fire control rooms
- Emergency procedures
- The date the diagram was created and when it is valid until.
- The site name and full address.
Where Should Evacuation Diagrams be Displayed?
The following are the key requirements for displaying evacuation diagrams:
- Location – where occupants and visitors can view them.
- Position – diagram should be positioned at a height not less than 1200mm and not more than 1600mm above the ground.
- Orientation – each should have the correct orientation with regard to the direction of egress (exit route) and its location to the ‘YOU ARE HERE’ point.
Where an assembly area map is included, it should have the same orientation as the rest of the diagram.
How Often do Evacuation Diagrams Need to be Updated?
Immediately upon creating changes to the layout of the building or when adding or removing equipment and systems, then the emergency evacuation diagrams must be updated. If no changes have occurred, then the evacuation diagrams should be reviewed annually and upgraded every 5 years. The validity date is a requirement on all evacuation diagrams.
What to Expect When Choosing Spartan Fire
Spartan Fire will design and produce customised evacuation diagrams for your site to meet regulatory requirements. As part of the process, we will work closely with you to ensure that the diagrams are an accurate representation of your building.
Working with your property team our designers can develop site diagrams efficiently and cost effectively.
Our design service can provide you with the following:
- Diagrams in A3 or A4
- Supplied in PDF
- Sprinkler and Hydrant block plans are also available.