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(Mar 31/14) If a fire is not an imminent danger, then why are we listening to shouted announcements about it?
If a fire is an imminent danger, then why not word the announcement more clearly?
Isnt there a bit of a logical discontinuity between cryptic and shouted?
Thank you for taking the time to express your concern. The Health Sciences Library is located inside the Hospital, which is administered by Hamilton Health Sciences. As a result, HHS fire safety regulations apply in our library space. The intercom system and the process for making announcements have been designed to ensure the safety of all building occupants including patients, staff and students.
Although the wording of the announcements may seem cryptic, the information does have meaning for library staff who are required to participate in regular fire safety training. In the event we had to evacuate the library, the messaging would be very clear and library staff would be available to help direct the evacuation process.
I realize that the frequency and volume of the announcements are disruptive, however, there is no way they can be changed or be eliminated. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have additional questions.
Answered by: Jennifer McKinnell (Director, Health Sciences Library)