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NIST study looks at the evacuation needs of mobility impaired people

A new NIST study provides guidance for helping mobility impaired people get safely out of multistory buildings during emergencies, including the use of special evacuation elevators.

‘Perspectives of Occupants with Mobility Impairments on Fire Evacuation and Elevators (NIST Technical Note 1923)’ includes findings based on the concerns, insights and opinions of people with mobility impairments voiced during interviews.

In general, participants in the study agreed that evacuation strategies and methods should address the challenges faced by people with mobility impairments by providing such people with:

  • A feeling of safety;
  • Independence and control;
  • The opportunity to remain with their wheelchair or other mobility aid;
  • A means to evacuate quickly; and
  • A way to communicate with security and/or rescue personnel.

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