Alarm bells

At any time you may have to be evacuated
from the campus buildings In an emergency being aware of a few simple procedures is vital to ensure your safety and the safety of others This video has four sections Emergency Overview Evacuation Assembly Areas and Summary Emergency Overview The most common threat is fire Did you know that toxic smoke rather than burns, causes the greater loss of life? That being so it is important to evacuate quickly in the event of a fire Other reasons for emergency procedures to be implemented include Bomb threats Dangerous occupants Civil disorders and riots Spills of hazardous substances or gas leaks In all of these situations you must head the
instructions of supervising staff and emergency response officers previously known as fire wardens and stay in the emergency area until it is safe to re-enter the building Emergency Response officers are campus staff who are trained to respond and take control of an evacuation in an emergency. The Chief Emergency Response Officer who is identified by a white
hat or vest oversees the evacuation of the campus and directs other Emergency Response Officers to check the buildings and
make sure everyone is safe and accounted for. During an evacuation, they have principle control, giving
instructions and helping anyone in immediate danger. If anyone is in trouble or is unable to
evacuate eg someone with a disability, alert an Emergency Response Officer who will assist that person to a safe location which may be at the top of the stairs or
in a walkway or behind a fire door and if it is safe to do so, stay
with that person until emergency personnel arrive. First Aid Officers should also be available to assist in an emergency. Some TAFE SA Campuses have security guards on campus
during the day and night. They act as Emergency Evacuation Wardens at night and handle security threats. Evacuation An evacuation can occur at any time. If you hear a continuous alarm but can’t see or smell any smoke it’s still necessary to evacuate as the fire may
be in another part of the building or there may be some other emergency that requires you to evacuate. Fire drills occur throughout the year at any time. It’s necessary to respond immediately so you can become familiar with the evacuation process. There are several emergency systems, such as heat or smoke detectors, which
activate during a fire and trigger a continuous audible alarm or flashing red and orange strobe lights. These are usually found in noisy areas or in sound booths. This alarm automatically notifies the Metropolitan Fire Service of an emergency. In the unlikely event that you discover a fire or any
other emergency and the alarm systems have not activated, it is your duty to raise the alarm by alerting a staff member or by dialling the appropriate
number on an emergency phone which are located in some campus corridors. They can connect you to 1st aid assistance, campus security or 000 emergency services. Simply check the guide sheet, lift the receiver, press
the appropriate number and ask for assistance. In an evacuation, it is your duty of care to ensure your safety and the safety
of others and to obey to any instructions given by an Emergency Response Officer. When evacuating, take your personal valuables with you if it’s convenient, close doors around the fire but do not lock them and follow the instructions
on the emergency evacuation procedure sheets displayed around the campus. These sheets may vary from campus to campus and show
the shortest exit routes to the emergency area. Some doors, mostly in corridors, close automatically during an emergency. These are called Fire Doors. However, closed fire doors can still be easily opened one way. They’re there to contain fire and smoke. If you need to go through a door
when you’re evacuating first check the door to see if it’s hot. Touch it gently, with the back of your hand and
if it is hot, don’t go through. There’s fire on the other side. Find another exit. To leave the building during an evacuation, look for the green and white illuminated
exit signs and follow them if it is safe to do so. Please note that some doors restricted from normal
access, can be used for emergencies. If you are not located on the ground floor of a multi-level building,
the safest and easiest way to exit is via the stairs. It’s unsafe to use lifts in a fire so when an alarm sounds, head for
the nearest stairs – they lead straight to an exit from the building. During an evacuation, there’s to be no traffic movement at the campus. Emergency Response Officers will monitor car parks and driveways
warning people not to leave by car. It’s important that you comply as we need to ensure that everyone is
present and accounted for while the emergency services secures the area. Assembly Areas Once outside, proceed to the nearest emergency assembly area. These are marked on the evacuation sheets located in the corridors
and are identified by green and white signs. If you’re unable to get to the emergency assembly area because of some restriction your priority is to get outside by the nearest available exit in other words leaving the building is your main objective. Once outside, you must then go to the emergency assembly
area by the shortest route possible. Please note that it is a breach of the Australian Standard AS 3745
to smoke or use mobile phones while at an assembly area. Now that you’re familiar with the campus evacuation process, remember
to respond immediately when you’re required to evacuate. The alarm is to ensure your safety. Now let’s summarise the procedure you should follow during an evacuation. If a fire alarm sounds or if someone tells you to evacuate your main aim
is to go to the nearest emergency assembly area and remain there. Do not re-enter the building until instructed by an emergency response officer. If you’re in a classroom, offices or the library, you
should leave immediately via the nearest exit. If possible, take any personal valuables with you. Follow the exit signs. Leave the building and proceed to the emergency assembly area. Once outside you must remember two important points. Number 1 is to follow the instructions of the emergency response officers. Number 2 is to stay on the campus. At the assembly area until
given the ‘all clear’ by an emergency response officer or emergency services Now, here’s chance to put each of these procedures into practice. Ask your lecturer or a staff member if there
are emergency phones on the campus. If there are, leave your room and go to the nearest
emergency phone in the corridor and read the instructions. Check also for the exits shown on the emergency
evacuation procedure maps located in the corridors. Next identify where the emergency assembly areas are located. View the nearest one if possible. Finally follow the exit signs that will take you to
the emergency assembly area in the shortest time. Thank you for your attention and cooperation. Your safety and welfare is our priority

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