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Hospital and Healthcare Evacuation Diagrams

Building evacuation signs that direct staff and visitors to safety are considered mandatory in public institutes and healthcare facilities. Be it a local healthcare center, a large regional hospital, or residence, it is essential that carefully designed evacuation maps are displayed in key locations throughout the facility.

Safety instructions placed on signs must work in conjunction with the facility Emergency Action Plan/Fire Plan and meet federal, state or local fire codes. Institute specific accreditation programs (AAAHC, HFAP, The Joint Commission) ushered in by management, will highlight the necessity of emergency evacuation signage.

Emergency Evacuation Diagrams - Sign Placement and Design

  • Evacuation Diagrams should be posted on every floor, near staircases, at elevators and high-traffic hallway areas.

  • The action to be taken during a fire (smoke) or when the fire alarm sounds should be stated.

  • A viewer locator icon (You Are Here) must be indicated with primary and secondary evacuation routes to exits. 

  • Floor plans should be properly oriented to the sign viewer.

  • The sign graphics, text size and color should be designed for optimal legibility.

  • Depending on the diagram (sign) size, large scale floor plans should be sectioned to maintain legibility.

  • The ideal sign display should be durable, washable and meet aesthetic requirements. 
    (recommended display)

Written safety instructions (Do not use elevator, call 911, etc.) can accompany the evacuation diagram, including a post evacuation assembly area map. Most important though, the emergency evacuation diagram must deliver your evacuation routes and critical safety information in a clear an legible manner.

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Why Post an Evacuation Map in your Lobby Entrance?

An evacuation map also provides First Responders with vital floor plan details.
If unfamiliar with your facility, a First Responder might remove an evacuation diagrams for directional guidance through the building!