Emergency Evacuation Diagrams are vital to show fire and evacuation information to your occupants and visitors.
This is an Australian Standard requirement as part of your facility’s evacuation plan, in accordance with AS 3745-2010 & failure to adhere can result in penalties up to $30,000.
Fire Evacuation Diagrams need to clearly show evacuation procedures, fire & safety equipment, designated exits, details of emergency assembly areas & more.
Evacuation Diagrams help to;
Prevent personal injuries
Provide clarity and direction when moving to an assembly area during an emergency
Prevent loss of lives in the event of an emergency
Reduce effects of an emergency
Prevent damage to property
Reduce interruptions to business
Australian Standards AS3745 details the requirements for Evacuation Diagrams.
Anyone conducting a business or undertaking at a facility must have Emergency Evacuation Diagrams throughout their workplace.
This refers to:
Managers of a building
Anyone operating a business that may have visitors or occupants
Important Information About
As part of your facilities emergency evacuation plan your evacuation diagrams must be designed & installed in accordance with Australian Standard AS3745-2010.
It is your legal obligation to ensure an effective emergency evacuation plan is in place and failure to do so will result in penalties.
In Queensland the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 dictates the legislative requirements for Evacuation Diagrams. Contact us for more information about Queensland Evacuation Diagrams.
The location and number of evacuation diagrams is determined by the Emergency Planning Committee (EPC).
Emergency evacuation diagrams must be displayed in locations where the diagrams can be easily viewed by occupants and visitors.
The total quantity required will be dependant on numerous factors – building class, quantity of occupants/visitors etc.
Your evacuation diagram should be located at a height not less than 1200 mm and not more than 1600 mm above the finished floor level.
Evacuation Diagrams Size
Each evacuation diagram must be minimum A4 size (i.e., 210 mm × 297 mm) with a pictorial representation of the floor/area of at least 200 mm x 150 mm or an area of 30,000 mm².
If any optional elements are included:
The minimum size is A3 (i.e., 297 mm x 420 mm).
A pictorial representation of the floor/area of at least 300 mm x 200 mm or an area of at least 60,000 mm².
As per AS 3745 Evacuation Diagrams must be orientated according to the location they are installed. The site plan showing the assembly point as well as the floor plan must be orientated according to the ‘YOU ARE HERE’ location.
Australian Standard Requirements for Evacuation Diagrams
Australian Standard AS 3745-2010 Clause 3.5.6 lists a range of elements which must be included in an evacuation diagram:
- You Are Here symbol
- Designated exit points and evacuation paths- Fire extinguishers and types
- Fire blankets
- Validity Date (this is slightly different for Queensland)
- A symbol legend
- Location of the workplace & site address/facility name if applicable
- “EVACUATION DIAGRAM” heading
- Assembly point location either written or in a picture
Australian Standard AS 3745-2010 Clause 3.5.7 lists some optional elements which may be considered by the EPC for inclusion on the diagrams.
- First aid kits & Defibrillators
- North direction
- Emergency Information –in accordance with your Evacuation Plan
- Spill response kits
- Direction of door openings for emergency doors
- Electrical switchboards
- Fire hydrants
Evacuation diagrams are often installed to fire doors (e.g. entrance doors to apartments, or hotel rooms, and fire stairs), as well as smoke doors and fire rated walls. In doing so care must be taken to ensure the fire-rating of the door or wall is not impacted by using screws or similar fasteners.
Evacuation diagrams can be provided in many formats, just a few that we can provide are:
- Electronic .PDF format
- Laminated Paper
- Snap-lock Frames
- Aluminium Composite Material
- Acrylic Perspex
- Brushed Aluminium
- Signwhite Material
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Emergency Evacuation Diagrams cost?
Which areas in Australia do you cover?
We cover all of Australia. From major cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane etc. to rural towns – Kalgoorlie, Bundaberg, Broome & more!
Can we mark-up the information & install the diagrams ourselves to keep costs down?
Yes you can. We will work with you and your team to ensure all required information is available for us to create your plans to Australian Standards.
How often do my Evacuation Diagrams need to be updated?
Your Evacuation Diagrams must be updated every 5 years or with any renovations or changes to your fire/safety equipment. In Queensland this varies slightly.
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While planning for emergencies, we engaged Fire Block Plans to provide evacuation diagrams for our 27 sites across Australia, situated in major cities & small rural towns. As there were no existing floor plans for most of the sites they were to attend site to mark-up, design the plans, then return to install.
Their communication with all our site managers was excellent, ensuring we were aware of any inspection dates. The diagrams look extremely professional and were completed in a timely manner Our experience with Fire Block Plans was terrific and we highly recommend them for anyone needing evacuation diagrams.
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