Your Multistoried Home May Need an Evacuation Chair
No one thinks that their home is vulnerable until disaster strikes. Within minutes, hours, days, or weeks, an emergency can create multiple dangerous situations.
With the climate of our planet changing, we’re vulnerable to fires, windstorms, floods, and more. Such natural disasters can result in all kinds of issues, including blackouts, food shortages, etc. Time is critical in some emergencies. That’s why you need an emergency chair whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, property manager, or manage an office, especially if you’re in charge of people with reduced mobility.
Who Are People with Reduced Mobility?
Here are some types of people who can benefit significantly from our evacuation chairs in an emergency:
- People with reduced mobility
- The elderly
- The physically disabled
- People with medical conditions
- Pregnant women
- The blind
- People with temporary injuries
- Anyone uncomfortable using the stairs
Both of our evacuation chair models are easily trainable and can save lives when people with reduced mobility must be evacuated quickly and safely:
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.
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.
Compare our chairs to products from our competitors, which are heavier, more expensive, and may lack features such as the emergency under seat light, foldable front carry handle, five-point harness, and our patented track braking system. Not only do we offer more features, but we offer better value.
Why Does it Matter?
Having emergency support for people with reduced mobility matters because such people are significantly more likely to suffer injury or death. For example, 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.
“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.”
Although the law doesn’t outright say that employers must have evacuation chars on-site, it does indicate that employers must do everything in their power to ensure a safe evacuation route in an emergency.
Remember, people in your building who rely on crutches may find it difficult to move with crowds rushing around them. Those with less obvious health conditions such as breathing or heart problems could have trouble descending stairs on their own during an evacuation. And people in wheelchairs simply can’t use the stairs.
The last thing you need is for people with reduced mobility to risk using an elevator during an emergency. During a disaster, an elevator can lose power and turn into a death trap. Rescue workers usually find it extra challenging to save people trapped in an elevator when the building is facing a crisis.
Here are some other features of our essential accessibility equipment that can help in a disaster:
- 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 allow for increased functionality – it can be used as a transit chair.
What Else Does Your Building Need?
Of course, your multistoried home needs more than just evacuation chairs.
- Emergency Plan: Your building must have an evacuation plan for different types of emergencies. The plan must not have a one-size-fits-all approach. For example, your building’s residents must learn how to evacuate safely in a fire. However, in other situations like an outbreak, they should be encouraged to shelter-in-place.
- Training: It’s not enough to have a fire safety plan — residents must be trained to follow it. You can hold annual seminars, share videos, or run emergency drills.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Smoke detectors should be installed in key spots such as hallways, bedrooms, kitchens and more. Likewise, carbon monoxide detectors should also be present in hot spots. Remember, carbon monoxide has no smell, taste, or sound and can tragically kill people with little warning. All your detectors should be regularly monitored for defects and battery drainage. After all, it’s the law.
- Fire safety tools: Fire extinguishers, fire axes, shovels, fire blankets, sand buckets, and more should be accessible at key points throughout the building.
- Ramps: Ramps are essential, especially when elevators are inaccessible. For example, Ontario’s Building Code requires a ramp at any change of level to create a safe path of travel.
- Handrails: A handrail is important to have alongside a ramp to make it easier for people with reduced mobility to navigate.
- Low energy automatic door operator: This device automatically opens main doors in an emergency and stops people from getting trapped. In an emergency, main doors may be unsafe to push open.
It’s your ethical and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of people with reduced mobility in your home or building in an emergency. While it takes some effort to be prepared, it’s all worthwhile.