If you have mobility issues…

The Old Grace Housing Co-op Fire Safety & Evacuation Plan recognizes the diversity of our community and supports residents with mobility issues.

Residents cannot use the elevator if the fire alarm goes off.

If you have mobility issues that prevent you from taking the stairs, you have been assigned a volunteer Buddy – one of your close neighbours. Your Buddy (or Alternate Buddy) will come to you if the fire alarm is sounding and wait with you until First Responders arrive to help you both out of the building.

A list of suite numbers requiring firefighters’ help has been posted inside the fire panel at the front lobby. That’s the first place firefighters will stop when they enter our building. The Assistance List is their guide to finding people who could not get out of the building on their own.

Your Buddy’s main job is to help you stay as calm as possible while you wait, to help co-ordinate your Pet Plan, and to know and gather the items you need to take with you when you leave the building. Provide your Buddy and Alternate with a list of items you’ll need to take, such as medication, canes, wheelchair, etc.

Consider giving your Buddy and Alternate a key (or the lock code) to your suite in case the alarm goes off during the night and you are unable to get out of bed to unlock the door.

If you have a pet, you have also been assigned a Pet Helper, whose job it is to take your pet out of the building, keep it safe, and return it to you when the all-clear is given. Plan with your Pet Helper by talking about your pet’s personality, how you expect it to behave if it is frightened by the fire alarm, what your dog is like on walks, where you keep your pet’s gear (collar, leash, cat crate, etc). It may be a good idea for a Pet Helper who has been assigned to a dog to try taking the dog for a few walks, so they get to know each other better. Also, consider giving your Pet Helper a key to your suite in case your pet is home alone when the alarm goes off.

Don’t assume your animal(s) can travel with you when the firefighters come. Rely on your Pet Helper to take them down the stairs and out of the building.

While you are waiting, check your email to see if the all-clear has been given.

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