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Do your fire evacuation diagrams comply with safety standards?

Aug 10, 2019

In all states of Australia, evacuation diagrams must comply with safety regulations and standards.

It’s a requirement of AS3745 2010 (‘Planning for Emergencies in Facilities’ Section 3.5) to have evacuation diagrams in all facilities, including common areas when referring to multi-tenanted buildings.

Not sure if your fire evacuation diagrams are compliant? Here’s our guide to help you understand your requirements in line with Australian standards and regulations.

What benefits do evacuation diagrams provide?

Evacuation diagrams are an important part of your Evacuation Plan. By making escape quicker and more effective, they can:

  • Reduce the negative impact of an emergency
  • Prevent loss of life and injuries
  • Prevent property damage
  • Minimise business interruptions

What information do they contain?

  • The Floor Plan and Site Plan of the facility, its Assembly Point and its Emergency Procedures
  • Orientation for the individual (“You are here”), pointing them to the nearest and safest exit
  • The location of the nearest fire equipment – such as extinguishers, hose reels and fire blankets
  • A legend to help people better-understand the symbols on the diagram

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What are their minimum elements?

The Australian Standard (AS) 3745 “planning for emergencies in facilities” requires that your diagram should display the following information:

  • ‘You are here’ location
  • Fire stairs
  • Fire indicator panel
  • Firefighting equipment locations
  • Emergency exit points
  • Assembly points
  • Legends and more

What elements are optional?

While not a basic requirement, optional elements can make the diagram simpler to understand and therefore provide valuable efficiencies during an emergency. Some may include:

  • Other emergency information
  • A more detailed site plan
  • First aid stations
  • Warden details
  • Spill kits, etc.

Where and how many diagrams?

  • Diagrams should be located in the most accessible place possible on each evacuation route
  • Your Emergency Planning Committee should determine this exact the number and location.

What size should they be?

  • The minimum size of an evacuation diagram is A4, using only the minimum requirements / elements. If any optional elements are used, it should be A3
  • The minimum size of the floor plan should be 200mm x 150mm

How should they be positioned and oriented?

  • Your diagrams should be positioned between 1200mm and 1600 mm from the floor level
  • They should be oriented according to the ‘You are Here’ location, ensuring the building is rotated correctly as per the person viewing the sign.
  • The Site Plan, if displayed, should also be oriented in the same direction of the Floor Plan.

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Note: Evacuation Diagram Standards are subject to change – therefore it’s important to ensure you’re up to date with Australian Standards, and undergo regular ongoing maintenance.

Click here to see an example of a diagram that meets Australian standards

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Not sure if your evacuation diagrams comply with safety standards? Fire Block Plans is here to help you and your team. Our highly-qualified experts will help find a suitable emergency evacuation plan, no matter how unique your requirements may be. Contact us today for more information.