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Can you honestly get a person with reduced mobility out in an emergency or if a lift breaks down?

A person with reduced mobility is entitled to be evacuated safely and with dignity. Budgets are so important but what is the cost of not providing the most suitable equipment?

Not everyone can or should transfer from a wheelchair, for example. So why furnish your buildings with a number of chairs that can’t cater for the people who need them. It is false economy to not provide the most suitable piece of equipment for the person with the greatest needs.

As you are aware every building is different, the stairs and landings different sizes. So choose the evacuation chair that is most suitable. You need specialist chairs for spiral and flared stairs. If your volunteers won’t train on their use or go in them then why should a person with a disability use them? In an emergency you are going to do everything in your power to get a person out safely and it is your responsibility not the fire service. This is well known but still people think the fire service is there to rescue people. I don’t think this will have been put in writing by the fire service!

Many new buildings are going higher and higher and a manual evacuation chair is not the best method as the operators are going to get tired and could potentially lose control. Also you may need additional people to take over as people become tired, do you have many people available to assist? Many say over 4 floors then look for powered units as easier to control and the unit is taking the weight not the operator.

By having powered chairs as well as manual it gives you the option to use them on a daily basis for access as well as in the event of a lift breakdown.

Building regulations recognise the need to have buildings that are accessible and user-friendly to all who may use them, including disabled people.

The Equality Act ensures equality and access to buildings for disabled people within reason. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) makes the responsible person take account of the evacuation plans of everyone in a building, including disabled people.

Where an employer or a service provider does not make provision for the safe evacuation of disabled people from its premises, this may be viewed as discrimination. It may also constitute a failure to comply with the requirements of the fire safety legislation mentioned above.’

This also applies to lift breakdowns. Evacuation and accessibility should be looked at together as they are linked and you can’t have one without the other.

Our powered products enable access and egress on a daily basis as well as emergency.

The largest range to cover different stairs, landings and people’s needs. We are not all the same!