Tuesday 16 February 2021

This post could save your life! // Fire evacuation - What every wheelchair user should know

Hannah is one of my favourite bloggers and YouTubers. I love her honesty and approach when she talks or writes poetry about her experiences and living with multiple chronic health conditions. For World Poetry Day a while back Hannah Guest write for me; you can find that post here.

Today I've been watching some YouTube videos and this video of Hannah's popped up and I'm so glad that I did watch this video.

Whilst staying in a chain hotel with her mum the fire alarm sounded and Hannah and her mum was unable to make contact with the staff in reception to assist Hannah in her wheelchair to evacuate the building; not knowing what to do and feeling stranded. 

Hannah's Dad is a Fire Fighter and they contacted him for what they should do should they ever be in a similar situation again. In the video below Hannah share's her experience of what happened but more importantly the advice her Dad gave to her about what anyone should do should they require assistance evacuating a building such as in the instance of a fire.

Some of the things I learnt from this video is to make it clear to staff that you require assistance, especially if you have a hidden disability or have a sensory impairment and also where to go and what to do and not do in the event of an emergency evacuation from a building. But also not to panic and know that there is always a protocol for ensuring all persons in a building whether that be a hotel or an art gallery is evacuated from the building.

I would honestly urge you to watch this video to hear Hannah's personal experience but also to know what you should do in the event of a fire (like going to a stairwell is the last place I would think of going in my wheelchair if the fire alarm went off).