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  Disabled Refuges

​Disabled refuge areas have been provided at Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill* to assist anyone who may need
​assistance in an emergency evacuation and cannot immediately exit the building.

These areas are contained within parts of the building that will provide comparative safety for a period of not less than 30 minutes and are easily recognisable by specific signs.

* Sighthill refuges are signed as "temporary waiting spaces"

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

All students who would require assistance in an emergency evacuation should arrange a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) through their Disability Contact / Disability & Inclusion Team. Under no circumstances should disabled students use lifts to evacuate the building.

Locations of disabled refuges

For a full detailed list of exact locations of refuges, please see the Disabled Refuges Plan.

How to use a disabled refuge

Disabled refuges are fitted with two-way communication systems:
  1. When the fire alarm sounds proceed to your nearest disabled refuge.
  2. Press the “press for help” button once to initiate a call (do not continue to press or hold during a call).
  3. This will also indicate at the fire panel that someone is in the specified refuge point.
  4. The call will be answered. If you get no reply, do not panic.
  5. Your call has been logged with 24 hour Sighthill Security.
  6. Remain in the refuge until assistance arrives.

Download a PDF copy of this procedure.​ ​​​​​

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