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What are Evacuation Chairs?
Evacuation chairs are indispensable devices designed for safely transporting individuals with mobility challenges, particularly during emergency situations such as fires or building escapes.
Those who may require the use of evacuation chairs include individuals with disabilities, the elderly, or anyone with limited mobility. The benefits of having these chairs are numerous, as they facilitate the swift and secure safe escape of individuals who may encounter difficulties navigating stairs independently.
By ensuring inclusivity in emergency preparedness, these chairs contribute to a comprehensive safety strategy within various facilities, aligning with regulatory standards and prioritizing the welfare of all occupants. Therefore, offering the chance of a safe escape to everyone.
Why would someone require an evacuation chair?
- Mobility Impairments: People with mobility impairments, such as those who use wheelchairs, and walkers, or have difficulty walking, may be unable to descend or ascend stairs quickly or safely during an emergency.
- Injuries: Individuals with temporary injuries, such as a broken leg or ankle, may find it challenging to use stairs during their recovery period and require assistance.
- Medical Conditions: People with certain medical conditions, like heart problems, respiratory issues, or neurological disorders, may lack the physical stamina or ability to navigate stairs during an emergency.
- Elderly Individuals: Older individuals may experience reduced strength and balance, making it difficult to navigate stairs under stressful conditions.
- Obesity: Individuals who are obese might face mobility limitations that make it challenging to evacuate a building via stairs.
- Pregnant Women: Pregnant women, particularly in advanced stages of pregnancy, may have limited mobility and find it challenging to use stairs during an emergency.
- Injured Arms or Hands: Individuals with injuries to their arms or hands that affect their grip may require assistance on stairs.
- Visual or Hearing Impairments: People with visual or hearing impairments may need assistance during an evacuation to ensure they can safely navigate stairs and reach a safe location.
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Key features of evacuation chairs typically include:
- Foldable Design: Evacusafe’s chairs have a foldable, compact design, making them easy to store in a designated location on each floor of a building.
- Wheels and Tracks: Our chairs are equipped with wheels and tracks that allow the chair to move smoothly up and down stairs, providing stability and control during descent and ascent. Track chairs descend using friction to slow the descent.
- Safety Straps and Restraints: Our chairs incorporate safety straps and restraints to secure the individual in the chair and prevent them from falling during the escape.
- Ergonomic Handles: The chairs have ergonomic handles for the operator to control the descent and ascent.
- Sturdy Construction: You can feel confident that our chairs are built to withstand the stress of descending and ascending stairs, and they are typically constructed from strong materials like aluminium or steel.
- Weight Capacity: Each chair is designed to accommodate different weight capacities, so they can be used for various individuals.
UK disability discrimination law, what is required?
It is now a legal requirement for all business and public premises to offer all staff and visitors the chance of a safe escape in the event of an emergency situation.
The Equality Act 2010 states “no person, or persons, may be discriminated against because they suffer from a disability”. Failure to comply may result in the business owner being held to account and heavy fines can be issued.
FREE Site Assessment
Not sure about the ideal chair model or quantity for your space? Our expert team offers a FREE on-site assessment. Call 01256 332723 to schedule yours. We provide tailored advice on suitable products, saving you time and offering maintenance for your existing evacuation chairs.
Where are Evacusafe chairs used?
Evacusafe chairs can be found in some very prestigious buildings all over the world, such as the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, along with the Rose Rayhaan Hotel in Dubai as well as Emirates Airlines. We supply the NHS, Travelodge, Sainsbury’s, and many more businesses throughout the UK and abroad. They are in regular use at many hospitals, care homes, schools, government buildings, offices, restaurants, and many more locations.
Certified Training Courses
Evacuation chair training educates individuals on safely using specialized mobility devices during the emergency exiting of a building. These programs are vital for all personnel responsible for operating these chairs, ensuring the safety of those with mobility impairments in emergencies. Our courses are fully certified and are approved by both RoSPA & the IIRSM.
Key components of our evacuation chair training include:
- Chair Familiarization: Understanding the various components and features of the evacuation chair, including setup and deployment.
- User Transfer Techniques: Learning safe and effective methods for transferring individuals from wheelchairs or other mobility aids to the chair.
- Stairwell Navigation: Training on navigating stairwells while using the chairs, including proper techniques for descending stairs safely.
- Emergency Preparedness: Preparing personnel to respond effectively to various emergency scenarios, such as fires, earthquakes, or building escapes.
- Clear Communication: Emphasizing the importance of clear and reassuring communication with chair users during the escape process.
- Regular Practice: Encouraging regular drills and practice sessions to maintain proficiency and build confidence among personnel.
- Challenges Awareness: Understanding of the challenges encountered by individuals with mobility impairments.
- Legislation Awareness: Learn about the latest UK laws in relation to the requirements to provide the chance of a safe escape for all; and the importance of inclusivity.
We have a new Powered Chair available
Take a look at the new Excel-e powered evacuation chair, which builds on the strengths of our class-leading manual Excel chair with the introduction of power.
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