Is your free site survey worth the paper it's written on?
15th November 2019
You may say it is a small percentage, but it is a percentage that matters!
Ensure that you aren't only offered standard self-transfer Evacuation Chairs as they may not have another option or maybe lack knowledge of what other products are available. Cheaper doesn't mean that it is right!
We offer free site surveys bringing in expert advice from; fire engineer experts, those involved in fire evacuation of people with reduced mobility, RIBA architects who specialise in Fire Evacuation and Building Design for disabled individuals. This is vital when more expert knowledge is required rather than just supplying a standard evacuation chair.
The correct evacuation chair; We all have choices; we can all tick a box and buy a well-known brand of evacuation chair. A wheelchair user won't thank you for leaving their powered wheelchair behind and possibly cause them physical injury! If the chair is correct for the wheelchair user, then generally other people can use them.
Check the date of manufacture as some second - hand units are being sold as new!
Check with a reputable company or your local Fire Service that the chair is an evacuation chair and not a transfer chair or similar.
When it comes to Fire evacuation site surveys, why not call the Evacuation Chair Site Survey Experts, EVACCESS.UK. From top to bottom, the true Evacuation site survey people.
Key Points to Consider for Safe Evacuation
Your evacuation plans are a fluid document, keep reviewing to take account of individual's needs, changes to buildings and staff changes, for example.
Emergency routes and exits must lead as directly as possible to a place of safety and be suitable, for example, for people with reduced mobility to be evacuated in the most suitable equipment. A refuge area is an area to safely start upward or downward evacuation and you MUST NOT expect the fire service to move people onward.
Understanding the fabric of the staircases and the building routes for people in wheelchairs is vital. Especially so, for anyone involved in the movement of people with reduced mobility.
Outside stairs may require particular models, as not all belts are suitable.
Upward evacuation requires power, to avoid injury, slips and trips.
Power also for Tall Buildings as fatigue kicks in when travelling long distances on stairs.
Listed Buildings -- all units are free standing and can be used without damaging the fabric of the building.
Wheelchair users -- manual and powered require different models.
PEEPs and GEEPs- consider the individuals need considering The Equality Act and providing equipment, as required that offers safe and dignified evacuation and that does not involve the assistance of the Fire Service.
Service -- Evacuation chairs require an annual service by an authorised company. Powered units also require an annual service (PUWER). They do not come under LOLER according to HSE and LEIA and the manufacturers.
Training and practice are key to safe evacuation, ensuring that staff are aware of their responsibilities, confident and competent. Do you still have trained staff?
Plan regular training on the evacuation chairs and that volunteers are still able to operate them safely.
Having the correct evacuation chairs will reduce manual handling injuries to operators and occupants, as the correct chairs will do the work for you. Powered chairs are perfect for this and go both Up and down stairs. Coverage for incidents, access and lift breakdowns!