Is Your Building Equipped to Evacuate Personnel in an Emergency?
Evacuation planning is one of the most important steps building managers and company owners need to take in order to ensure they are upholding their responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of their workers.
While no one likes to think about emergency scenarios, responsible planning and careful forethought are essential for ensuring that an emergency doesn’t become a tragedy. For this reason, establishing an evacuation plan, appointing team members to lead in the case of an evacuation, and undertaking regular evacuation drills should be a major priority.
But a successful evacuation plan also rests on having the right equipment. If your evacuation plan requires you to move between floors or navigate stairwells, get an evacuation chair to ensure no one gets left behind.
In this post we’ll explain why your evacuation plan needs to take into account individuals with reduced mobility, and how Evacuscape evacuation chairs can play a role in making it easier to help your whole team get to safety in the event of an emergency.
Why Your Evacuation Plan Needs to Be Inclusive
In most jurisdictions, companies and building managers are required by law to have an up-to-date evacuation plan. These plans are meant to ensure that should a fire, flood, or other disaster take place, workers can be brought to safety in a timely and orderly fashion.
In an emergency, elevators may not function, which means that evacuation teams need to understand how to get everyone out quickly and safely via fire escapes and alternative exits. These plans also need to take into account how employees, clients, or visitors who have reduced mobility will navigate these emergency exits if they cannot use the stairs.
No matter what size of team you have or where you work, if your building has more than one floor, your plan needs to be inclusive — not just for your current employees, but for any person with reduced mobility who might be visiting your office when disaster strikes.
The Role Evacuation Chairs Play in an Emergency
It has long been acknowledged that evacuation is especially difficult for seniors and people with disabilities. Able-bodied individuals can much more easily navigate environments that lack mobility aids like elevators, so evacuation plans should always be drawn up with diverse abilities in mind.
Evacuation chairs are an essential part of this, because they make it possible for able-bodied individuals to help those with mobility issues exit the building safely and comfortably. Evacuscape chairs use a system of wheels and runners that can easily navigate both hallways and stairs safely.
Simple belts and harnesses keep those who require the use of the chair strapped in during their journey, and getting into and out of Evacuscape chairs requires little time or effort — which is important in situations when speed is of the essence.
Evacuscape chairs are easy to use, but it is recommended that you make sure all of your personnel know how to use them; in the case of injury, even able-bodied people may need to take advantage of such conveyances. If everyone in your building knows how to help their colleagues to safety using these chairs, it will help evacuations go more smoothly and will ensure you avoid a scenario where untrained individuals need to operate these chairs.
Finding the Right Evacuation Chair for Your Needs
At Evacuscape, we understand that different individuals have different needs, which is why we have designed two different styles of evacuation chair to cater to people whose mobility requirements might be different (you can see our models here).
- EC1: The EC1 is the basic model of our evacuation chair, perfect for those who have limited mobility but who don’t require more robust supports in order to be safely helped out of the building. The EC1 includes a lap safety belt and head restraint strap, as well as padded seat and backrest. It comes with a 10-year warranty for the frame and a one-year warranty for the wheels, tracks, and braking system components.
- EC2: The EC2 is a more robust model designed to help those who need a little more support. In addition to the features of the EC1, the EC2 also has a detachable front carry handle, a fail-safe breaking system, and a five-point harness to provide extra protection.
You can find everything you need to know about evacuation chairs here, and if you are interested in more information about the proper storage and maintenance of evacuation chairs you should get in touch with an Evacuscape representative today to make sure that your evacuation chair will be ready when you need it.
We have also made it easy for you to compare your options with our main competitors, so you can see how Evacuscape chairs measure up in regards to features, weight, and comfort with other available brands.
Over the years, our cities have made real progress enacting legislation that requires buildings to be as accessible as possible to all people. While there is still some way to go before we live in a world where the principles of universal design are fully embraced, there is no doubt that things are better than they used to be.
In the meantime, however, building managers need to do their part to ensure that their buildings are equipped with all the tools needed to quickly and safely evacuate all employees in the case of an emergency.
Purchasing Evacuscape chairs is one way to ensure that workers, clients, and visitors who have mobility issues can be evacuated alongside everyone else, so give us a call today and find out which evacuation chair is right for you!