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Red Deer Emergency Services reminds businesses to keep exits clear

April 11, 2020 1:41 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) reminds local businesses to ensure emergency exits remain clear as many have adjusted their entries and exits with COVID-19 protocols.

Restaurant, food service, retail and assembly businesses are asked to pay special attention to pathways and emergency exits as they reorganize and amend operations to meet new regulations for COVID-19. Pathways and exits must remain clear and fully functional, and cannot be blocked by signage or other structures.

“We understand the enormous stress local businesses are already facing. We made changes to operational processes and have put additional measures in place in our facilities, too, but emergency preparedness is absolutely essential,” said Fire Marshal Tim Kivell. “Businesses need to ensure pathways and exits remain clear.”

All pathways, entrances and exits must remain fully functional at all times, as they are designed to facilitate evacuation in the event of an emergency.

“We know this can be challenging amid a crisis and we are here to help,” said Kivell. “Business owners can contact us at any time if they have questions or concerns about keeping their business and staff safe in an emergency.”

Red Deer Emergency Services is also reminding residents to check their smoke alarms at home. View our Smoke Alarms web page for more information about testing smoke alarms.

Red Deer business owners with questions or concerns about emergency preparedness can reach out to Red Deer Emergency Services’ Fire Prevention Bureau at prevention@reddeer.ca.

For more information, contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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