We have taken the liberty of providing you with three evacuation chair reviews as well as a looking at how important evacuation chairs are for all buildings. But first, let’s look at exactly what evacuation chairs are and how they are used.
What Is The Purpose Of Evacuation Chairs?
Imagine a physically disabled person trapped on the top floor of a building. During a fire, elevators cannot be used as they are deemed unsafe. Since wheelchairs are not able to travel downstairs, the disabled person is left with no other way to exit the building.
Evacuation chairs are designed to accommodate disabled persons and allow them to be taken down flights of stairs. This, of course, must be done with the help of another person, making fire drills an important part of an escape plan in case of an emergency.
How Should Evacuation Chairs Be Used?
Before we move over to our three evacuation chair reviews, it’s essential that we first explain how these chairs function.
Firstly, it’s important to mention that during fire drills, individuals are to be assigned to push the chairs (usually a fire marshal). They must be people who work on the same floor as the disabled person or who are close enough to assist should an emergency occur.
Evacuation chairs are placed in accessible positions within corridors and passages. They should be visible at all times so that the assigned person can easily locate them. When one is needed, the protective cover should be removed and the evacuation chair taken from its bracket.
Once the evacuation chair is unfolded, the disabled person should be helped into the chair. He or she must then be strapped in securely to prevent them from falling out while being carried. Because an evacuation chair is designed to travel downstairs, the designated person can safely transport the disabled person down the stairs and outside the building to safety.
Finally, evacuation chair maintenance must be done on a regular basis to ensure that they are always in working order.
Our Top 3 Evacuation Chairs
Now for our evacuation chair reviews; let’s look at three evacuation chairs and their features:
The Ego Evacuation comes with everything needed for one person to assist a disabled person to exit the building.
This includes a comfortable seat and safety strap; two back wheels for easy descent downstairs; a stairblade track system for extra stability and a wall mounted bracket for easy storage.
The Ego Evacuation Chair can handle up to 150kgs of weight, and at such a reasonable price, we believe that this product is an excellent entry-level evacuation chair.
Two of our evacuation chair reviews are for chairs in the Versa range.
The first one boasts the same essential features as the Ego (above), but also comes with some additional control features. These features include safety brakes which can be applied on the rear wheels and an adjustable head strap.
The frame of this product is also designed to be sturdier, lending extra safety when used in a hurry.
The second product in the Versa range concludes our evacuation chair reviews. It’s designed with all the extra safety features of the former, but with some extra comfort benefits.
The seat and armrests are cushioned and the harness is easy to use, with four points of adjustability.
This is by far our favourite evacuation chair as it provides so much value for money.
Not Just For Wheelchair-Bound People
The evacuation chair can also be used for others who are unable to descend a flight of stairs. These include:
- The elderly
- Someone using crutches
- People with angina
- The visually impaired
If you are a company owner or facility administrator it is your responsibility to make evacuation chairs available to disabled persons. These items must be placed in accessible locations on every floor of your building.