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Public-images-osm logo.svg emergency = yes
Used either to indicate that a hospital is equipped to deal with emergencies or that a road is accessible to emergency services. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Emergencies
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: de facto

As a hospital property

emergency=yes is used[1] to indicate whether a hospital (amenity=hospital or healthcare=hospital) is equipped to deal with emergencies. See also Emergency ward.

As an access tag

emergency=yes is used[2] to indicate that a given road is accessible to a emergency services, what may be considered as a strong hint that given road is free from physical obstacles. Note that as emergency vehicles are by definition not restricted by legal access - so for example road with highway=service + access=private may be inaccessible to emergency vehicles if there are no mapped physical obstacles.

For places explicitly designated for emergency access consider emergency=designated.