On the 16th June 1883 a tragic event took place that initiated the first steps towards Emergency Exit regulations.
A children’s entertainment show was taking place at the Victoria Hall in Sheffield. At the end of this show the children were told that they would receive a prize when exiting the building.
The children couldn’t contain their excitement so rushed for the nearest door. Sadly this door was partially blocked which meant only one small child could squeeze through at a time. Due to the sheer volume of children running this stampede soon became deadly as children were struck down and trampled upon.
Due to the lack of clear and safe Emergency Exits 183 children died that day.
Queen Victoria sent letters of condolence to each family and a memorial was put in place. This eventually decayed due to neglect however was remade in Marble in the year 2002. It is currently located in Mowbray Park in Sunderland, England.
Every building has its own unique way of working but the rules and regulations relating to Emergency Exits are common to most. A good FRA (Fire Risk Assessment) should include their provision and if you are unsure or need help with your Emergency Exits and the regulations surrounding them then we are happy to help.