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Building Maps creates fire evacuation maps, school security maps, campus maps and building directories.

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How to assemble a fire evacuation map frame.

Here is a video that shows how to assemble our most popular evacuation map frame.  Note the quality of the aluminum frame.  This frame is used by schools, office buildings, hospitals and manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S.

Fire Evacuation Map Frames and Holders

We get calls from people looking for fire evacuation map frames and holders all the time.  One of the most popular, is the Evacuation Map Security Frame.

This frame is often used in schools, hospitals, office buildings and hotels.

The black, 3/8″ aluminum frame is well constructed and suited to ‘high-traffic’ areas.

The protective acrylic keeps the evacuation map image safe.  Foam core backing keeps the image firmly against the acrylic.

Security hardware keeps the frame firmly attached to the wall.  The frame is attached and removed from the wall with a small wrench.

Picture of our Security Evacuation Map Frame.

Security Evacuation Map Frame

Picture of our Security Evacuation Map Frame. This is the corner view.

Security Evacuation Map Frame – Corner View

 

Where should I hang/display/place fire evacuation maps in my building?

I am often asked…

“Where should I hang/display/place the fire evacuation maps for my building?”

ANSWER

The answer is, that you should place them wherever they are required; and wherever they are needed for your particular building.

When trying to make this decision, the first thing you should do is call your local fire marshal/inspector.  They will give you specific instructions on where to hang your evacuation maps.

The fire marshal/inspector will likely ask you to analyze your building yourself first, then bring him/her your recommendations.  Then they will review it and have you make the necessary changes.  Keep in mind, they are not in business to design the fire protection systems for your building.  They are there to see that you ‘comply’.  It would take too much time for fire marshal’s to design fire safety programs for every building.  They are available for guidance and compliance.

Once you have an idea what is necessary to comply with local fire code, consider going a step further for the safety and well being of your employees, visitors, tenants and customers.  

Minimum legal requirements do not always meet the needs of your building.  Maybe your building should have extra fire extinguishers, evacuation maps or fire pulls even though not legally required.  Consider taking additional steps, to what is legally compliant.  

Summary

So when beginning to anayze where to hang your evacuation maps.  Make a call to your local fire marshal, let them set the direction for your project.

How to Create/Draw an Emergency Fire Evacuation Map for your Business or Building

Planning 

Planning is the most important part of creating fire evacuation maps for your building.

Know what is required by your local fire marshal, city and state agencies.  Also check to see if there are any special requirements by OSHA or your insurance provider.

An evacuation map is only one part of the Emergency Action Plan that you should have for your business or building.  Make sure it is up-to-date and review it with your employees or tenants often.   For more information on an Emergency Action Plan, contact your local fire marshal and/or O.S.H.A.

Remember:  Make your fire evacuation maps for your building simple, accurate and easy-to-read.

Here are some helpful links:

Ready.gov

OSHA.gov

NFPA.org

Also check your local fire department website.

Illustrating/Drawing

What to Include:

  • Fire extinguisher, fire alarm pull, first aid and medical defibrillator locations.
  • Primary and secondary egress routes
  • A ‘You Are Here’ location.  This indicates where the map you are viewing is located.
  • All elevator and stair locations
  • Mark a place to meet outside and away from the building, in case of a fire or emergency.
  • A legend that illustrates and explains your map.

 What Not to Include:

 Make it simple, accurate and easy to read.  It’s not an art contest.

  • Don’t add unnecessary information to your maps.    Remember, that your key objective is to show people how to move to a safe location in the event of an emergency.  Too much information can become confusing.

 Beginning to Illustrate/Draw:

  •  First draw the walls and doors of your building.  
  • Next add specific details such primary and secondary egress arrows, fire extinguisher locations and all other detail.   
  • Add a compass arrow and street names outside of the walls of our building.
  • Finally, review your maps with those in your office.  Then review your drawings with your local fire marshal and/or other necessary governmental agencies.  It’s best to find out early, if changes need to be made. 

If you have the skill, use an architectural, space planning or illustrative software to make your maps.  However, drawing your evacuation maps by hand can achieve acceptable results.

Hanging your Maps

 Where you should hang your maps depends on your building layout.   Contact your local fire marshal regarding where to place your maps.

  • Your maps should be permanently attached to the wall.

 

Consider hiring a professional evacuation map illustrator. 

You may not have the time, knowledge, software or skill to make a proper evacuation map for your building.  If not, don’t think twice about contacting a company that specializes in emergency evacuation maps.  Simple map illustrations can be quite inexpensive.  (www.building-maps.com) 

Disclaimer 

This article provides a basic guideline for creating an evacuation map for your building.  Requirements vary; so check with your local fire marshal and other agencies mentioned in our Planning section prior to placing any evacuation map for public viewing.

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Evacuation Maps, Emergency Action Plans and OSHA

In the event of an emergency your employees, customers and visitors need to know how to evacuate your facility.

Evacuation maps that are placed on your facility walls, along with regular training of your employees can make the crucial difference in case of an emergency.

Evacuation maps my be required by a variety of governmental agencies or your insurance carrier, but in this article, I will summarize what OSHA  requires in regards to Emergency Action Plans (EAP) and more specifically; Evacuation Maps.  You will find that Evacuations Maps are often a requirement and a part of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that is required by OSHA for all businesses.

What is an Emergency Action Plan?

An Emergency Action Plan is information and procedures that your company must provide to your employees according to OSHA.  The Emergency Action Plan describes what to do in the event of an emergency.  The emergency could be fire, workplace emergency, tornado, hurricane, civil disobedience, terrorist threat, etc.

Below are the current required elements of an EAP according to OSHA.

Note:  Make sure to visit www.osha.gov to confirm there have been no changes and information is up to date…see disclaimer at bottom of article.
1910.38(a)

Application. An employer must have an emergency action plan whenever an OSHA standard in this part requires one. The requirements in this section apply to each such emergency action plan.

1910.38(b)

Written and oral emergency action plans. An emergency action plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace, and available to employees for review. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plan orally to employees.

1910.38(c)

Minimum elements of an emergency action plan. An emergency action plan must include at a minimum:

1910.38(c)(1)

Procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency;

1910.38(c)(2)

Procedures for emergency evacuation, including type of evacuation and exit route assignments;

1910.38(c)(3)

Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate;

1910.38(c)(4)

Procedures to account for all employees after evacuation;

1910.38(c)(5)

Procedures to be followed by employees performing rescue or medical duties; and

1910.38(c)(6)

The name or job title of every employee who may be contacted by employees who need more information about the plan or an explanation of their duties under the plan.

1910.38(d)

Employee alarm system. An employer must have and maintain an employee alarm system. The employee alarm system must use a distinctive signal for each purpose and comply with the requirements in § 1910.165.

1910.38(e)

Training. An employer must designate and train employees to assist in a safe and orderly evacuation of other employees.

1910.38(f)

Review of emergency action plan. An employer must review the emergency action plan with each employee covered by the plan:

1910.38(f)(1)

When the plan is developed or the employee is assigned initially to a job;

1910.38(f)(2)

When the employee’s responsibilities under the plan change; and

1910.38(f)(3)

When the plan is changed.

[45 FR 60703, Sept. 12, 1980; FR 67 67963, Nov. 7, 2002]

Who is O.S.H.A.?

OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

How are they Organized?

OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

 

What is their Mission?

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Who and/or what does OSHA regulate?

The OSH Act covers employers and their employees either directly through federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. State programs must meet or exceed federal OSHA standards for workplace safety and health.  In Michigan, the state agency is MIOSHA.

Where does it say that my company needs Evacuation Maps, according to OSHA?

Determination is made by OSHA and based on the following Code: 

29 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Standard 1910, Part E, Means of Egress 1910.38(c)(2)

Building Maps (www.building-maps.com) creates and illustrates evacuation maps and floor plans that are required by OSHA or the state run programs.  Keep in mind that OSHA is not the only agency or company that may have requirements for your company regarding Emergency Action Plans or Evacuation Maps.  The local fire marshal, your insurance carrier or other governmental agencies that regulate your businesses industry may also have a say, in the safety regulation of your company.

Important:  Prior to creating Evacuation Maps/Floor plans for your company, it is best to compile all of the requirements from each concerned party or agency, prior to creating your maps.

OSHA may inspect your company or worksite.  In doing so, they would likely review your EAP, including your Evacuation Maps.

Summary:  Evacuation Maps may be required according to O.S.H.A. 29 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Standard 1910, Part E, Means of Egress 1910.38(c)(2); which states, “Procedures for emergency evacuation, including type of evacuation and exit route assignments;”

Resources:

www.osha.gov

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/sitemap.html

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/evac.html#conditions

Disclaimer:  This article is for general reference only.  Information is likely only part of what is required by a variety of governmental agencies and or your insurance carrier.  Carefully, research what is required of your company before implementing any safety program, including the use of any evacuation maps or plans.

Article by: 

Tony Jones, President of Building Maps, Rockford MI

 (www.building-maps.com and blog.building-maps.com)

Fire Evacuation Maps F.A.Q.

What are building/fire evacuation maps? 

Building/fire evacuation maps are building floor plans that visually illustrate how to exit a building in the event of an emergency.

Who requires building evacuation maps? 

Building evacuation maps are required by a variety of local, state and national governmental agencies.  Evacuation maps are often a requirement of local fire code, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and your insurance carrier.

What information needs to be included in a building evacuation map? 

The information that needs to be included could depend on your state, county, township, city or your industry.  Prior to starting your maps, you should contact your local fire marshal, your insurance carrier and possibly O.S.H.A.

Where should evacuation maps be placed?  

Check for what is required (as referenced above).  After checking for what is required, consider ‘taking it a step further’.  What is required might be less than adequate for your business and since building evacuation maps are to benefit the health and safety of your customers, employees and general public; do what is right, not just what is required.

Can you illustrate evacuation maps if I don’t have any existing drawings? 

Yes, with some restrictions.  We are often asked to measure a building to create evacuation maps or building site maps.  We have been doing this for over 10 years. 

Can you just do the illustrations, so that we can print them locally?

Yes.

Do you need to visit our site location? 

Typically we do not need to visit your site location, except in cases where you do not have existing drawings.  In those cases, we can visit your site, measure and create your maps.

How does the process work, if I have existing drawings? 

Just e-mail your existing drawings to us and we will convert them to evacuation or site maps that meet your local requirements.  During the process, you will be sent drafts/illustrations to approve.

How long does it take to create evacuation maps or site maps for my building? 

Generally, between 5-14 days.  Much depends on the complexity of your facility.  We also try to accommodate ‘rush orders’.

How much does it cost?

It depends on the complexity of your facility.  Our prices are very competitive.

Fire Evacuation Map Illustrations

Fire evacuation signs and maps are often required by local fire code and O.S.H.A.

It’s important to have clear, easy-to-read maps located where they can easily be found in case of an emergency.

We can convert your existing drawings to create an illustrative sign that clearly indicates what to do in case of an emergency.

We can also visit your facility, measure it and create a  fire evacuation floor plan.