LETTERS

Providing a safe means to exit

Posted 4/22/21

To the Editor, The recent deadly active shooter incidents calls out for an immediate increase in safety measures in all public occupied facilities. Upon entering any public facilities: office, retail, medical, religious, entertainment or sports you

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LETTERS

Providing a safe means to exit

Posted

To the Editor,

The recent deadly active shooter incidents calls out for an immediate increase in safety measures in all public occupied facilities.

Upon entering any public facilities: office, retail, medical, religious, entertainment or sports you should be informed by code of all the emergency exits, areas of refuge or other safety means that the facility provides. 

The most common method is the repeated public announcements of the location of all emergency exits similar to how airports announce leaving your unattended baggage is forbidden.

A few other suggested methods is placing large placards around the facility showing floor plans with paths of egress to emergency exits and locations of safe areas of refuge so occupants upon entering can take snapshots for reference. Also develop an app for your smartphone so when entering any public facility if an emergency occurs it will activate and verbally self direct you to the nearest emergency exit from your current location.

Studies have shown when confronted with a serious hazardous event, pandemonium takes hold causing serious harm. By being prior informed it will give occupants a slight edge in being able to use their personal resourcefulness to escape safely from harm’s way. 

Bob Sweeney

Warwick

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