Exits and Egress

Easy evacuation is one of the most important points in emergency management

In the event of an emergency, it is essential that personnel in the building have a clear and easy pathway to evacuate. The ability to leave a premises creates a point of egress and all exits should be accessible by a clear pathway that is understood by all personnel.

Ensuring your building has accessible and clear points of egress is a staple of all emergency planning, whether designing a building for scratch or working out your emergency plans in already existing premises.

Exits and egress points are to be kept clear at all times


If designing a building from the ground up, have FES professionals weigh in on your points of egress and the pathways towards them to make sure everyone will be safe.


You may find yourself responsible for an existing building with inadequate points of egress. Work with FES to see where adaptations can be made to improve safety.


The most effective way of ensuring your personnel access the nearest exit in an emergency is through practice. Fire drills, workshops and clear signage will help people remember in stressful moments.

Make sure to consider all factors.

It’s easy to just look at the main entrance to your building and assume it is the best emergency exit option. But there may be better options or even multiple options to consider. Electing your points of egress as part of your evacuation plan shouldn’t be a decision made lightly. In the event of an emergency, these exits may be swamped by large numbers that they were not designed to accommodate.

Knowledge of the points of egress and pathways towards them is also essential. Make sure that evacuation plan signage is clear and readable and that your personnel are regularly kept up to date of any changes to exits or pathways towards them. If undertaking construction, renovations or any disruptive work in your building, don’t forget to make sure that changes to your space haven’t affected your points of egress in a negative way.

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