Any recommendations for a cheaper evacuation chair? We have a $2,000 stryker chair but need another for a five step staircase. Thanks
No knowledge about them or if they or you need them to meet a certain standard
Emergency Transport Assist Stair Chair
Is there any reason the one Styker chair can not be used for the 5-step stair? A single chair should be able serve more than one stair.
Different house. Thanks.
We have four houses with people living in them with varying disabilities. two houses have elevators, one has a ramp and one is all on one level, but we still need evacuation chairs for certain people who would need them in a fire or other emergency scenario.
I think we settled on a $1500 chair - might as well be sure everything is good -
meets the current RESNA ED-1 standards for evacuation chairs.
Hi, Im also interested in this. I have a colleague whos become wheelchair bound and i worry about getting him down stairs in the event of a fire. Are their rules around evacuation chairs? How many do you need and do you need to be trained?
If your building is fully protected by an automatic sprinkler system, the floor you work on is an area of refuge. If all possible the best solution is to use the existing elevator that has the fire fighters emergency operations. Become the fire warden for your colleague and get the training and the key to operate the elevator's fire fighters emergency operations. Some building safety folks out there are going to argue the signage at the elevator door not to use the elevator during a fire would not allow it to be used for evacuation of people who do not have the ability use the stairs.
2018 NFPA 101 has some valuable guidelines for you to consider in the Annex Subsection A.188.8.131.52.3. I would definitely avoid descent devices if operationally possible. A reminder that wheelchair bound people lack the ability to balance which was critical when using a single person to operate the device with a wheelchair bound person on it. Our office during a training session had a wheelchair bound person sit in a descent device with a single person operating the device. The person on the device due to lack of the ability to balance with the single operator both toppled over on the stairs and suffered sever head injuries. If we would had been trained to use the fire fighters emergency operations for the elevator it would have been safer.
A.184.108.40.206.3 A clear width of not less than 48 in. (1220 mm) is needed for a three-person carry of an occupied wheelchair up or down a stair. This procedure, as well as the more difficult two-person wheelchair carry or roll, requires training and experience. Safer alternative stair descent measures for transporting a person who normally requires a wheelchair, or otherwise cannot use stairs, include emergency stair travel devices designed, constructed, and operated in accordance with ANSI/ RESNA ED-1, Emergency Stair Travel Devices Used by Individuals with Disabilities. In addition to having such devices available where needed, and having persons trained and experienced in their use, it is important to have people trained and experienced in wheelchair transfer techniques.
In view of the logistical difficulties, as well as the dangers inherent in carrying occupied wheelchairs or otherwise transferring and transporting their occupants on stairs, the preferred means of egress from an area of refuge consists of facilities normally employed for ingress and egress by people using wheelchairs. Foremost among these options are elevators meeting the fire fighters’ emergency operations requirements of ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.
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