Our Evacuation Chairs Can Help a Variety of People with Reduced Mobility

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At Evacuscape, we’re a Canadian owned and operated company that specializes in providing a safe evacuation solution for people with limited mobility with our evacuation chairs. While our head office is in Toronto and serves North America, we also have an office in the West Midlands, England, that serves customers from Europe and the Middle East.

We have two high-quality chair models. You can check out our evacuation chair models by visiting our website to learn more about what chair suits your needs.

  • EC1: This chair supports a weight of up to 180 kg (400 lbs) and weighs 12.5 kg (27.5lbs). It features an 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.
  • EC2: This chair also supports a weight of up to 180 kg (400 lbs) but weighs 14.5kg (32lbs). It features an under-seat light, speed-reducing V belt track, lap safety belt and head restraint strap, solid padded seat and backrest, locking rear wheel castors and a detachable front carry handle, a fail-safe braking system, and a five-point harness and head restraint strap.

Both chairs come with a protective cover, wall bracket, and training DVD, a 10-year warranty for the frame and a one-year warranty for all the wheels, tracks, and braking components. Our chairs cost and weigh less than most leading manufacturers. What’s more, they feature far more features that options from other manufacturers.

Our evacuation chairs can be useful for any person with reduced mobility, whether they are permanently or temporarily immobile. With the right application, they can be used as stair chairs for safe evacuations in emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, power outages, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, stairway evacuations, evacuation drills, explosions, gas leaks, viral outbreaks, compromised structural integrity and more.

Remember, disabled and bedridden individuals account for 8% of all fire-related deaths and 2% of all fire-related injuries, while people over the age of 65 account for 18% of all fire-related deaths and 7% of all fire-related injuries in Canada. The statistics are similar for people with reduced mobility in the United States, the United Kingdom, the EU, and the Middle East.

If you own or manage an office building, apartment, condominium, mall, retail store, multistory home, hospital, care home, assisted living home, long term care facility, school, college, university, or any property with stairs, stairways, or staircases, then you can help protect your residents with the evacuation chair.

We have a variety of renowned customers. Some of them include Best Buy, Transport Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Canada National Defence, and Shoppers Home Health Care.

Not only is it good for karma to improve the safety of your most vulnerable residents, but it may help meet legal obligations. For example, according to Section 125 of the Canada Labour Code, Part II, every employer in Canada is required to meet prescribed standards concerning fire safety and emergency measures. Likewise, according to United States legislation, at least one means of egress (evacuation) is required when more than one means of egress is necessary.

In the United Kingdom, the employer, owner, landlord, building manager, facilities manager, or anyone else in the control of a premises, is responsible for fire safety. Among other things, they must put in place and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures, plan for an emergency, and provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training.

Here are some types of people that our evacuation chairs can help in emergencies:

#1 Seniors

Keep in mind that 33% of seniors over the age of 65 and 44% of seniors over the age of 74 experience mobility challenges. Such people are statistically far more likely to suffer in an emergency, such as a fire. Statistics Canada estimates that by the year 2056, 28% of the Canadian population will consist of senior citizens. In the United States, 40% of those over 65 in the US experience a disability, with 26% experiencing mobility difficulty, according to the United States Census Bureau.

#2 Physically Disabled

While many physical disabilities affect seniors, they can affect people of any age. With the assistance of our escape chair – people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, amputations, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and more, can have a safe and secure evacuation solution in an emergency.

#3 Injured Individuals

People who have suffered injuries from accidents that affect their feet, legs, or knees, can have trouble walking or moving quickly in an emergency. Sometimes, such individuals may have mere minutes to safely exit a building in a disaster. For example, if there’s a fire in an apartment building, then such an individual will need to exit through the emergency stairs with the elevators too dangerous to use. Here, they can use our evacuation chair with the assistance of one individual to get to safety.

#4 Pregnant Women

Our chairs can help pregnant women who have mobility issues safely exit a building during an emergency. They’re especially useful for women whose pregnancies are more at risk for injury while descending stairs because their bodies are prepared for birth because of the hormone relaxin. This hormone loosens the body’s ligament to make pregnancy easier. However, it also hinders a pregnant woman’s ability to quickly and safely descend stairs. Because our chairs are designed to help anyone descend stairs with stability, they’re an important transportation tool for pregnant women in multistoried buildings even if there’s no emergency.

#5 Individuals with Mobility Tools

People with permanent or temporary disabilities often use tools such as wheelchair, walker, cast, or crutches to improve their mobility. While such individuals can usually travel comfortably through multistoried buildings using elevators, such options aren’t available during disasters. For example, in a fire, elevators in most buildings stop operating for safety reasons. They are either reserved for firefighters, or they’re too dangerous to use because they can short circuit and malfunction while carrying people. People who use mobility tools can safely and swiftly descend any stairs with the assistance of our escape chairs in an emergency evacuation.

One of the best features of our chairs is that they’re accessible. They can collapse and fit in the wall bracket that they’re bundled with and stored close to each staircase on each floor of the building. Similarly, they can be stored near the staircase of homes with residents who have reduced mobility. Due to their comfort and ease of use, they can also be used as transport chairs.

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