OF DISABLED PERSONS
the event of an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency
and offer to guide them to the nearest emergency exit. Have
the person take your elbow to escort them. This is the preferred
method when acting as a "sighted guide".
methods of warning are:
- Writing a note,
telling what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route.
For example- "FIRE - go out rear door-NOW"!
- Turn light
switch on and off to gain attention, then use gestures what is
happening and what to do.
USING CRUTCHES, CANES OR WALKERS:
options include using a two-person lock arm position or having the
person sit on a sturdy chair with arms. If time permits,
call Campus Security at 660-3333 (Schusterman) or 911 (other locations)
PERSONS (in wheelchairs):
are many considerations when moving a person in a wheelchair.
Wheelchairs have movable parts; some are not designed to withstand
the stress of lifting. You may have to remove the chair batteries.
Life support equipment may be attached. Lifting a
person with minimal ability to move may be dangerous. Preplanning
is the best way to know what to do in an emergency for someone with
limited mobility. Consult with the person in the
- The number
of people necessary for assistance.
- Ways of being
removed from the wheelchair.
- Whether a seat
cushion/pad should be brought along with him/her if they are removed
from the chair.
- Whether to
extend or bend extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter,
leg bags, plasticity, braces, etc.
- Being carried
forward or backward on a flight of stairs.
- The type of
assistance necessary after evacuation.
PROPER LIFTING TECHNIQUES:
- Obtain help
if the load is too heavy.
- Place one foot
a little ahead of the other.
- Point your
toes slightly outward.
- Place your
feet about shoulder width apart.
at the knees.
- Lift yourself
and load with your legs.
- ALWAYS KEEP
YOUR BACK STRAIGHT.