When the fire alarm rings out, it’s human nature to automatically run for the nearest door without a second thought, to ensure that we’re safe. For many of us, evacuating a building in an emergency won’t cause an issue; however for those who are classed as disabled, an evacuation can be a tricky and extremely stressful process, especially if the right precautions aren’t in place. As a business owner, one way you can help with such a process is to install evac pads within your premises, and below, here at K5 we’ve provided a beginner’s guide on how to use such a resource safely and efficiently.
Since October 2004 it’s been a legal requirement for all premises to ensure that those with a disability are able to manoeuvre around the premises with the same ease and confidence as those who are able-bodied; and the installation of various appliances and evacuation products, such as an evacuation pad, can help achieve this – if used correctly.
An evacuation pad is a great tool to have in a property which has a large flight of stairs which in an emergency cannot be avoided. Being quick and easy to deploy, they enable anyone who has a disability to be carried down the stairs and over various terrain, both safely and securely.
To use your evac pad correctly and safely, it should placed flat on the floor with the vinyl coated base facing downwards. Once this has been done, the member of staff in need f help evacuating can place themselves upon the board, with the safety belts pulled tightly around them and clicked into place, ensuring they stay secure throughout the journey. Then, whilst being pulled along various surfaces, the two inch thick foam pad will protect the passenger from any injuries, although this does mean that it’s important to ensure regularly that this is in an excellent condition.
Here at K5, along with providing evac pads to a range of businesses, schools and hospitals; we also provide extensive training to ensure that in case of emergency they are used safely and correctly. If you require any of our evacuation products or wish to be trained in the correct procedure for using them, please get in touch.