The Importance of Warm Weather Safety
As temperatures continue to rise and the sun shines brighter, it’s important to be aware of the proper safety measures to take during the summer against extreme heat. While warm weather can be enjoyable in moderation, extreme heat can be a contributing factor to emergencies, both big and small.
At Evacuscape, we want you to have peace of mind knowing that you and your loved ones can enjoy all the benefits that Summer brings while still being protected with the right precautions.
The Importance of an Evacuation Chair
Wherever you like to spend your summer, whether that be a vacation home, hotel, or multi-story home, it’s essential to have an emergency evacuation chair on hand for anyone with limited mobility in the case of a warm-weather emergency.
Evacuation chairs have been around for over 30 years, and they are quickly becoming more prevalent in everyday situations. In late 2018, California updated its Health and Safety code making evacuation chairs mandatory for all multi-story assisted living homes.
At Evacuscape, we want you to know that we are here to help people of all needs, such as:
- Pregnant women
- Physically disabled
- Anyone uncomfortable taking the stairs
- People with temporary injuries
- Anyone with medical conditions
Make our evacuation part of your seasonal plans in the case of an accident. Our chairs can help you safely and swiftly evacuate any space in an emergency.
Be Aware of the Heat
Humidity is brutal, intense and relentless, the silent killer. For long days outdoors, it’s important to be mindful of how long you’re out, apply Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and hydrate constantly.
Heat exhaustion gradually occurs when the body is exposed to heat for long periods. Its key symptoms are:
- Feeling faint
- Weak pulse rate
- Excessive sweating
If an individual experiences heat exhaustion, it is imperative to get them to drink cool liquids and bring them to a cool place as soon as possible where they can rest. If cooling measures like air conditioning are not working in a building, an evacuation chair allows relocating the affected individual safely.
While heat exhaustion can feel quite severe, it can lead to an overpowering heatstroke with symptoms like:
- High fever of 104°C or more
- Bright red, skin flushing
Humidity can hit anyone, but there are more risks involving anyone participating in outdoor sports, who have terrible sunburns and are over the age of 65. In Canada, over 13% of the population are over the age of 65, and about half of them have some disability. Whether you live in Canada or the USA, you probably have someone in your life with a disability you want to take care of.
It’s essential to prepare where heat exhaustion is a possibility, and our different evacuation chairs are designed with reliability and safety for safe evacuation in the case of an emergency. Our evacuation chair models, EC1 and EC2, are equipped with:
- Lap safety belts
- Locking rear-wheel castors
- Speed reducing V belt track
- Under-seat light
We want to ensure you a safe summer, and our EC2 chair has additional measures to ensure optimum safety:
- Fail-safe braking system
- Five-point harness
- Head restraint strap
Here at Evacuscape, we want you to enjoy your summer as much as possible. The unfortunate truth is that, with warmer weather, often comes toxic air pollution. Common to big cities, smog can affect your health and breathing.
Smog can become uncomfortable and unbearable and can even lead to emergency evacuations.
We want to prepare for everything that may occur, and there’s no better way to do so than put in place an emergency evacuation checklist. Your emergency checklist may include items such as:
- First aid kit
In any scenario, it’s crucial to have an evacuation chair nearby for quick and easy access. Our evacuation chairs have sturdy construction with even better ergonomics that allow for optimum use for rapid transit and staircases.
Summer Bite & Sting
One of the most diminutive yet most significant of warm weather pests is a bite or sting. When considering where to spend your day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise everyone to check their destination (abroad or local) to see what vaccine or health risks are present.
Before heading out, keep in mind that you are at risk of getting bug bites if you are camping, hiking, working with animals, and surrounded by forested areas. Using insect repellent is crucial to prevent potential bites during the summer, preferably after SPF is applied.
Determine the Type of Bite
You will be able to tell which type of bug/sting bite you encounter based on what kind of reaction your skin has and the size of it.
Is Medical Attention Required?
Not all bites require medical attention, but allergic reactions can occur from different types of bites or stings. For example, dangerous spiders to be aware of are the black widow and recluse spiders. Depending on if you have an allergic reaction to the bite, an emergency evacuation may be necessary.
Whether the bite or sting is in the comfort of your own home or outdoors, an evacuation chair can offer swift evacuation if you require assistance leaving.
Whether you find yourself outdoors grilling on the BBQ or live near a forest, it’s crucial to prepare in case of a fire. Depending on your location, hotter and drier conditions can lead to hazardous fires.
For example, in the state of California, wildfires have become part of their life. In the West Coast, moisture builds in their fall and winters and slowly dries by the summer. That mixture, with their lack of rain and their hot temperatures, adds fuel to the fire.
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs shares some important BBQ tips for the summer, including:
- Never leaving a grill unattended
- Check propane tanks and lines for leaks
- Place your grill away from anything combustible like your house, fence, deck railings, landscaping
Studies show that people with reduced mobility are at greater risk of injury or even death in cases of fire, and Evacuscape is here to prevent that. The disabled account for 8% of all fire-related deaths and about 2% of fire-related injuries. On the other hand, seniors count for 18% of fire-related deaths and 7% of injuries. Considering the number of fire-related casualties, it’s crucial to make evacuation chairs mandatory and essential for any building, especially during the summer when fires are likely.
At Evacuscape, we want to ensure that no one is left behind, regardless of age, mobility and location.