Your Essential Emergency Evacuation Checklist
Here, at Evacuscape, we’ve been in the evacuation chair business for many years. As a Canadian-owned and operated company that serves many clients worldwide, we’re in the industry to help people with reduced mobility stay safe in emergencies.
From our experience, we know that there are many different types of emergencies you must be prepared for, such as floods, earthquakes, forest fires, home fires, hurricanes, thunderstorms, power outages, etc. Each crisis requires a different type of plan, and not every emergency needs you to evacuate.
For example, you should have battery-powered lights and extra batteries for a power outage during a thunderstorm. You may also need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and a portable power generator if your area suffers from power outrages frequently for long periods.
If you’re ordered to evacuate your home because of a possible flood, hurricane, or forest fire, then here’s an emergency evacuation checklist of items you may find useful:
- Essential documents in a waterproof bag
- Car tank at least half full of gas
- Road flairs
- Phone charger
- Bottled Water
- First aid kit
Additionally, you should add diapers, wipes, and pet food to your evacuation list if you have babies or pets in your family.
Of course, you don’t have the luxury of time in emergencies like a home fire. That’s why your emergency evacuation checklist is noticeably short for a home fire. Here, it would help if you stayed prepared with an evacuation plan that considers vulnerable people in your family, such as the elderly, disabled, children, etc. It would also help if you selected a meeting point for the evacuees too.
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Additionally, it would help if you had a fire extinguisher, fire blankets, and a fire axe at home to help prepare for an evacuation like a home fire. You also need to have a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom, hallway, and kitchen of your house. Please ensure that your detectors work by testing them periodically. Remember, these devices and their batteries expire.
The list of people who use our evacuation chair for stairs includes the following:
- The elderly
- The physically disabled
- People with medical conditions
- Pregnant women
- The blind
- People with temporary injuries
- Anyone uncomfortable using the stairs
Our products are essential because people with reduced mobility are more likely to get seriously hurt in an emergency than others. As you may know, 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 Laws in Canada
Our chairs can also help satisfy evacuation laws — especially if you are in charge of an office or residential building.
For example, Section 125 of the Canada Labour Code says the following:
Every employer shall, in respect of every work place controlled by the employer and, in respect of every work activity carried out by an employee in a work place that is not controlled by the employer, to the extent that the employer controls the activity,
(o)comply with prescribed standards relating to fire safety and emergency measures;
(p)ensure, in the prescribed manner, that employees have safe entry to, exit from and occupancy of the work place
Meanwhile, the country’s Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Special Needs states that every emergency plan should include evacuation chairs.
And the Ontario Human Rights Commission says that everyone has the right to be treated equally and not discriminated against at work. It also says employers must make accommodations to help those with disabilities in the workplace.
Going by these laws and guides, we believe our escape chairs should be in multi-storied buildings because they make it possible for people with reduced mobility to exit in an emergency.
Many countries have an ageing population and people with reduced mobility that use our products:
- In the United States, 15.2% of the population is over the age of 65. Meanwhile, over 30 percent of Americans over the age of 65 and over 50% of Americans over 75 have some type of disability.
- In the United Kingdom, 18% of the population is over the age of 65. Meanwhile, older adults at the State Pension age account for 45% of the country’s disabled population.
- In the EU, 19.2% of the population is over the age of 65, with a significant percentage reporting a disability.
If you are looking for a safe stair chair solution, we have two evacuation chairs available for you to choose from:
- 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 also ships 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.
Both of our chairs have the following features:
- Require only one person to evacuate the evacuee safely
- Light enough to be carried by anyone who is assisting someone with reduced mobility
- Strong enough to take 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
- Foldable into a compact size and can easily be stored in a convenient and accessible location via the wall-bracket system
- Rubber tracks to reduce descent speed and won’t propel the evacuee forward
- Sturdy construction and excellent design allows the chairs to be used as transit chairs
Not only are Evacuscape chairs safe, reliable, comfortable, and versatile, but they’re easy to operate. Both Evacuscape chair models come with a training DVD that can help anyone learn how to use them quickly and effectively. When preparing your evacuation drill checklist — ensure that you practice with your evacuation chair.
You may have extraordinarily little time in an emergency to evacuate safely. That’s why you need the right tools and plan to improve your chances of survival.