How to properly use an evacuation chair
Steps for using an evac chair safely
An evacuation chair is a specialized device that is designed to help move individuals with limited mobility, such as those in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking, down a flight of stairs in an emergency situation. Here are the steps for using them:
- Conduct a risk assessment: Before using the chair, assess the risk and ensure that it is appropriate to use the chair for the individual being transported. Evaluate the environment, including the stairs, lighting, and any potential hazards that may impede the safe operation of the chair.
- Know the escape plan: Be familiar with the building’s emergency exit plan and the designated escape route. Determine where the evav chair will be stored and ensure that it is easily accessible in case of an emergency.
- Know the building’s layout: Be familiar with the building’s layout, including the location of stairs, exits, and any potential hazards that may impact the safe operation of the chair.
- Familiarize yourself with the chair: Before using the chair, take some time to read the instructions and get familiar with the chair’s features. Make sure you know how to properly operate the chair and understand any safety precautions.
- Prepare the chair: Make sure the chair is properly maintained and in good working condition. Check that the brakes, wheels, and restraints are all functioning properly.
- Prepare the individual: If possible, inform the individual that you will be using the chair to move them down the stairs. Make sure they are comfortable and properly positioned in the chair, with any necessary belts or restraints securely fastened.
- Position the chair: Position the chair at the top of the stairs, ensuring that it is on a level surface and that the brakes are engaged.
- Use proper lifting techniques: When lifting the chair, use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury. Bend at the knees and keep your back straight, using your legs to lift the chair and avoid twisting.
- Begin descent: Slowly begin to move the chair down the stairs, taking care to move steadily and avoiding any sudden movements. Use the chair’s brakes to control the speed of descent, and ensure that the individual is properly supported throughout the process.
- Monitor the individual: As you descend the stairs, monitor the individual for any signs of discomfort or distress. Be prepared to stop and adjust the chair if necessary.
- Safely exit the building: Once outside the building, move the chair to a safe location and assist the individual as needed. Seek medical attention if necessary.
It’s important to note that using an evacuation chair requires proper training and practice. If you are responsible for evacuating individuals from a building in an emergency situation, make sure you are properly trained and prepared to use any safe-egress equipment safely and effectively.
Training for using evacuation chairs
Proper training is essential for using an evacuation chair safely and effectively. Evacusafe provides fully certified training courses. Here are some important things to know about training for using the chairs:
- Identify training needs: Determine who will be responsible for operating the chair and identify their training needs. This may include building staff, emergency responders, or other personnel.
- Identify training resources: There are a variety of resources available for training on the use of the chairs, including online courses, in-person training sessions, and instructional videos. Choose a training resource that meets the needs of your organization.
- Develop a training plan: Develop a comprehensive training plan that covers all aspects of using an evacuation chair, including risk assessment, chair features, proper lifting techniques, and emergency response procedures.
- Conduct training sessions: Conduct training sessions for all personnel who will be responsible for operating the chair. Be sure to provide hands-on practice and offer opportunities for questions and feedback.
- Offer refresher training: Offer regular refresher training sessions to ensure that all personnel remain familiar with the chair and are prepared to use it in an emergency situation.
- Evaluate training effectiveness: Evaluate the effectiveness of the training program to ensure that personnel are properly trained and prepared to use the chair safely and effectively.
It’s important to remember that training for using an evacuation chair should be ongoing and regularly evaluated to ensure that personnel are prepared to respond in an emergency situation. By providing proper training, organizations can ensure the safety of both the operator and the individual being transported.
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