Fire Evacuation Chair Training could be a vital part of your fire safety training that you are not yet covering. Ensuring that everyone, including those who have mobility issues, can safely exit your premises in the event of a fire is essential. Such training, along with a fire warden course ensures you are compliant with current legislation and that all visitors and staff are kept safe should a fire or other emergencies requiring evacuation occur at your business. It is important to understand how this training fits into your existing fire safety approach.
To use an evacuation chair, sledge or mat you must be trained on how to safely and effectively utilise them in an emergency situation. Trying to evacuate someone in a chair without the proper evacuation chair training is against health and safety regulations, and it could also result in injury to both you and the individual in the chair.
Who is it for?
A good rule of thumb is that if your premises has a lift, then you require some form of evacuation help for people with mobility issues. This is because in any type of fire evacuation emergency – it is not safe to use lifts. While you may not have a member of staff with an obvious mobility issue they may have a visual impairment, balance issues or something else making them unable to descend stairs quickly.
Benefits of using Benfield Fire Safety
Benfield Fire Safety is an IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Approved Centre for Evacuation Chair Training. Our team are experienced at using and training people on how to use evacuation chairs, sledges and mats. We are also ex-fire service personnel with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.
If you require an evacuation chair to comply with fire regulations then contact us for more information about the supply and training on how to use evacuation chairs.
Using an evacuation chair may seem simple but in practice, it is far from it. Manoeuvring an individual downstairs in a chair takes time, patience and skill; all of which must be displayed under pressure during an emergency situation. It also takes the individual in the chair to remain calm and still and have complete confidence in the person moving them. Given this, it is important that a wide range of individuals take part in fire evacuation chair training such as those responsible for creating the evacuation plan, staff with responsibility for evacuating individuals with mobility issues, staff members and regular visitors with mobility issues.
Our evacuation chair training allows individuals to experience moving the chair with a passenger and being that passenger. It covers how to get the chair ready for use, how to safely transfer an individual to the chair, and how to secure them in the chair. The training also includes how to keep the chair in good working order, including understanding which checks should be undertaken and how often.
Course participants come away with a better understanding of fire safety regulations and how these regulations relate to individuals with mobility issues. The practical element develops confidence in the participants so that in the event of an emergency they know exactly what to do and why they need to undertake each step of the evacuation process.
Our Fire Evacuation Chair Training:
- Includes 2.5 hours of theory and practical application
- Covers chair servicing and maintenance, so it is always ready in an emergency
- Meets your legal requirement as defined by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- Delivered on your premises to gain real-life experience
- Requires a clear stairway, if possible, for the duration of the practical training
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