Leave No Person Behind – Plugging the hole in your emergency evacuation plan.

It’s a regular day at the office when all of the sudden the fire alarm for your building goes off. You’re not concerned; you’ve worked hard to make sure your company has a comprehensive emergency evacuation plan in place and you are confident that everyone will get out safe.

But then you notice Bob from accounting; Bob broke his leg last week tripping over his kids toys when he walked downstairs to put in a load of laundry. He’s been on crutches all week and suddenly you realize that well thought out, well-practiced plan has a big hole in it: how is Bob going to make it down all those stairs on his crutches?

Evacuation chairs are a simple solution that allows a single person to safely and efficiently bring another person down unlimited flights of stairs without power or heavy lifting. Even if none of your employees are wheelchair bound; asthma, heart issues, pregnancy or temporary injuries can make it difficult for some to evacuate a building safely during a fire or disaster.

So how does an emergency chair work? The evacuation chair works by gripping the stairs and turning them into a ramp for the chair to safely move down in a smooth and controlled manor. They usually have multiple break systems for both the person sitting in the chair and the person assisting, so it never feels out of control. They are also commonly made out of flame retardant material which can prevent burns and other close calls when evacuating a building. Most importantly, these chairs are pretty inexpensive which means that any small business that has employees who use wheelchairs or have other mobility issues can afford these devices. This training video shows how easy it can be to transport someone quickly and safely out of a building.

Including an evacuation chair into your emergency plan is not as simple as buying the chair and putting it in the closet. Even though using the chair is not difficult, when people are panicked as a fire rages through the building even easy tasks can seem impossible. That is why it is important to have a plan in place, training for your team on how to use the chair and regularly updated listing of who needs assistance in evacuating. When smoke starts pouring in and the fire alarm goes off, it is human nature to think about self-preservation; if your team doesn’t have a list of those with mobility challenges, they might focus on other issues leaving those who need help behind.

SafetyMax has partnered with EVAC+Chair to help companies and building owners provide adequate provisions for evacuating the mobility impaired during a fire or disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) more than 43 million Americans have a disability. An evacuation chair is a simple, safe solution that allows one person to evacuate a mobility impaired person quickly and easily without the need for lifting. And because the Evac+Chair does not require alterations to the existing building structure, it is also cost-effective.

Learn more about the EVAC+Chair by clicking here or contacting us at [email protected]


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