What Makes a Good Evacuation Chair?

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In times of emergencies, when every second counts, having a reliable and efficient evacuation plan is crucial. One key component of such a plan is a good evacuation chair. Designed to transport individuals with mobility challenges safely and swiftly, evacuation chairs are invaluable in ensuring the well-being and evacuation of everyone in a building.

The Importance of Having a Good Evacuation Chair

During emergencies, individuals with limited mobility face significant challenges when it comes to evacuating a building quickly and safely.

Whether it is due to physical disabilities, injuries, or age-related limitations, traditional methods of evacuation are often inadequate for their needs. This is where a good evacuation chair comes into play.

It provides a secure and efficient means of transport, allowing individuals to be safely moved downstairs or across uneven terrain.

4 Key Qualities to Look for in an Evacuation Chair

1. High Quality Material for Durability and Safety

When it comes to evacuation chairs, durability and safety should be at the forefront. That’s why evacuation chairs by Evacuscape are made from high-quality materials that can withstand the rigors of emergency situations.

The frames are sturdy and resistant, while the seating is comfortable, yet supportive. Additionally, the chair is equipped with safety features such as seatbelts and non-slip grips to ensure the well-being of the individual being evacuated.

2. Competitive Price Without Compromising Quality

While cost is always a consideration, it is important not to compromise on quality when choosing an evacuation chair. Our chairs strike a balance between competitive pricing and high-quality construction. Investing in a chair that meets industry standards and is built to last will provide peace of mind, knowing that it will perform reliably when needed most.

3. Ease of Training and Operation

In times of emergencies, every second counts. Therefore, it is crucial that an evacuation chair is easy to operate and requires minimal training. Our chairs are intuitive to use, with clear instructions and easily accessible features. Evaluate products are also lightweight and maneuverable, allowing operators to transport individuals swiftly and efficiently.

Each model of the Evacuscape chair comes with a training DVD intended to facilitate quick and effective learning for users. You can also find these instructional videos on our website, showcasing demonstrations of the chair’s operation, its applications, and training sessions available in both English and French.

4. Long-Lasting and Reliable Performance

An evacuation chair should be built to withstand the test of time. Our chairs that have a proven track record and positive reviews regarding their long-lasting and reliable performance. A chair that can handle repeated use and stand up to the demands of emergency situations is essential for ensuring the safety of individuals during evacuations.

Evacuscape Products

We make top-of-the-line evacuation chairs that our clients can rely on for safety and security.

#EC1

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.

#EC2

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.

Notable Characteristics of Evacuscape Chairs

  • 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.

Common Misconceptions About Evacuation Chairs

Despite their importance and effectiveness, there are some common misconceptions about evacuation chairs that need to be addressed. One such misconception is that evacuation chairs are only necessary in high-rise buildings.

While it is true that these buildings require evacuation chairs, they are not the only ones. Evacuation chairs should be present in any multi-story building, regardless of height, as well as in facilities that cater to individuals with limited mobility, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

Another misconception is that evacuation chairs are only useful during fire emergencies. While fire emergencies are a significant reason to have evacuation chairs, they are not the only emergencies that may require their use.

Natural disasters, power outages, or even medical emergencies can all necessitate the need for an evacuation chair. It is crucial to have these chairs readily available to ensure the safety of individuals in any emergency.

Vulnerable Individuals who can Benefit from Evacuation Chairs

Evacuation chairs are designed to assist individuals with limited mobility during emergencies. This includes individuals with physical disabilities, such as those who use wheelchairs, as well as those with temporary injuries or mobility restrictions.

Elderly individuals and pregnant women also fall into the category of vulnerable individuals who can benefit from the use of evacuation chairs.

Examples of Emergencies That Require Evacuation Chairs

Evacuation chairs are not limited to specific types of emergencies. They are versatile tools that can be used in various situations. For example, in the event of a fire, staircases may become inaccessible or unsafe, making evacuation chairs a necessity for individuals with limited mobility.

Similarly, during natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods, evacuation chairs can help transport individuals to safety when traditional means of egress are compromised.

Medical emergencies, power outages, or even terrorist threats can all require the use of evacuation chairs.

About Evacuscape

We are a Canadian-owned and operated company catering to a diverse range of international clientele. Our operations span across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, serving esteemed organizations such as Transport Canada, The Department of National Defence, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ministry of Education in Ontario, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Speciality Care, the Canadian Museum of History, St. Clair College, Texas A&M University, and more.

While evacuation chairs have existed for three decades, their popularity is on the rise due to the growing emphasis on accessibility. For instance, California amended its Health and Safety Code in late 2018, mandating the use of evacuation chairs in multi-story assisted living facilities. This trend is being mirrored worldwide.

Canadian businesses are embracing stair chairs like ours to comply with Part II of Section 125 of the Canada Labour Code, which urges employers to enhance fire safety and emergency procedures to prevent work-related accidents and injuries.

Similarly, in the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2010 stipulates stricter safety standards for individuals with disabilities.

Invest In a Good Evacuation Chair for Safety and Peace of Mind

When selecting emergency products for your building, please choose the right evacuation chairs for peace of mind and safety. By investing in a chair that possesses the key qualities of high-quality material, competitive pricing, ease of training and operation, and long-lasting reliability; you can ensure the safety and peace of mind of both occupants and operators.

To explore our range of high-quality evacuation chairs that prioritize safety and durability, contact us today. Your commitment to emergency preparedness starts here.

Whether you are an individual or a business entity, our Evacuscape chair is indispensable in emergency situations. Reach out to us through our website messaging system or by phone, fax, or email.

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