Elevate Safety in Theatres and Auditoriums with Evacuation Chairs

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Theatres and auditoriums bring people together for entertainment, cultural experiences, and performances. However, in order to fully enjoy these experiences, attendees must feel secure. So, how can people who run these establishments achieve safety?

Well, ensuring safety in theatres and auditoriums involves understanding the potential emergencies that can occur. It also involves implementing proper safety protocols and training staff members to respond effectively.

Understanding the Kinds of Emergencies

While each venue may have unique challenges, there are some common emergencies that can require evacuation. These include:

  • Fires
  • Power outages
  • Natural disasters
  • Medical emergencies.
  • And others.

The Role of the Evacuation Chair

One crucial piece of equipment that aids in evacuation is the evacuation chair. This tool allows individuals with mobility limitations or injuries to be safely transported down the stairs during an emergency, offering a highly efficient means of evacuation.

The evacuation chair provides a secure and stable means of evacuation, allowing for a smoother and more efficient process. It is important for theatre and auditorium managers to invest in high-quality evacuation stair chairs and train staff members on their proper usage.

At Evacuscape, we offer two evacuation stair chair models.


This chair weighs 12.5 kg (27.5lbs) and supports a weight of up to 180 kg (400 lbs). It’s equipped with an emergency under seat light, speed-reducing V belt track, lap safety belt and head restraint strap, solid padded seat and backrest and locking rear wheel castors. It’s also shipped with a protective cover, wall bracket, and training DVD. It comes with a 10-year warranty for the frame and a one-year warranty for all the wheels, tracks, and braking components.


This model is slightly heavier but still lightweight at 14.5kg (32lbs). It includes all the features of the EC1, as well as a detachable front carry handle, a fail-safe braking system, and a five-point harness and head restraint strap.

Compare our chairs to products from our competitors, which are heavier, more expensive, and may lack features such as the emergency under seat light, foldable front carry handle, five-point harness, and our patented track braking system. Not only do we offer more features, but we offer better value. You can easily learn about our chairs by visiting our website or connecting with us on our Facebook page for more information.

Plan for Different Situations

As mentioned earlier, theatres and auditoriums may face many situations and must have a customized plan for different types of emergency evacuations.

For instance, in the event of a fire, a theatre or auditorium must have clear evacuation routes, designated assembly points, and trained staff members to guide attendees to safety. Similarly, in the case of a power outage, backup lighting systems and emergency exit signs should be installed to facilitate a smooth evacuation process.

Regular Training is Critical

It is crucial for theatre and auditorium management to regularly review and update these protocols to reflect the latest safety standards and best practices. Additionally, staff members should be trained on these protocols.

All staff members should be trained on emergency response and evacuation procedures, including how to handle different types of emergencies, operate safety equipment, and communicate effectively during high-stress situations.

Regular training sessions and drills should be conducted to reinforce this knowledge and ensure that staff members are well-prepared to handle emergencies.

One of the best features of our evacuation chairs is that they’re easily trainable. Your staff can follow the instructions on our website or training DVD to learn how to use these valuable emergency tools.

Evacuscape Chairs Key Features

  • The Evacuscape chair only requires one person to safely evacuate the evacuee
  • It’s light enough to be carried by anyone who is assisting someone with reduced mobility
  • Despite its lightweight, it’s strong enough to carry a person of up to 180 kg (400 lbs) safely down the stairs, and can be used by a lightweight person to guide an evacuee heavier than themselves
  • The Evacuscape chair is foldable into a compact size and can easily be stored in a convenient and accessible location via the wall-bracket system
  • It has rubber tracks to reduce descent speed and won’t propel the evacuee forward
  • The Evacuscape chair’s sturdy construction and excellent design allows for increased functionality – it can be used as a transit chair

Optimizing Communications

Clear and effective communication is crucial during emergencies. For example, you’ll need to promptly notify attendees during an emergency with instructions on how to proceed.

You’ll need a good communication system. This can include emergency notification systems, public address systems, and visual displays. Moreover, your staff should be trained on how to communicate effectively with attendees and emergency services.

Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Ensuring that your organization’s equipment is in working order can help elevate safety. Although out evacuation chairs are made with high quality materials and craftsmanship, checking them periodically doesn’t hurt. In addition, your staff should regularly inspect:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency lighting systems
  • Communication devices
  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • And more

Work With Emergency Services

Collaborating with emergency services can help theatres and auditoriums stay on top of emergencies that require evacuation. Management should develop a relationship with local fire departments, police departments, and medical services. For example, organizations can learn about best safety practices and when to reach out to emergency services during a situation.

Creating a Safe and Secure Environment

In a nutshell, keeping theatres and auditoriums safe is all about looking out for each other. Get to know the possible emergencies, make sure everyone’s on the same page with safety plans, and train our awesome staff for any surprises. Invest in the right evacuation chairs to protect vulnerable populations in your building!

Regular check-ups on safety gear, clear communication during emergencies, and teaming up with emergency services make for a worry-free experience. Let’s keep these spaces loved and secure by putting safety first!

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