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5 Things You Should Know About Evacuation Chairs

Evacuation Chairs are specially designed seats into which mobility-impaired people are secured and transported from a building, usually via stairways during an emergency.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that employers and organisations have to ensure that everyone, including those atadditional risks, such as the disabled, vulnerable and the mobility impaired, can evacuate safely in the event of a fire or emergency evacuation.

1. What are Evacuation Chairs?

Evacuation Chairs are specially designed seats into which mobility-impaired people are secured and transported from a building, usually via stairways during an emergency.

2. Are Evacuation Chairs a Legal Requirement?

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) states under article 9 that the findings of a Fire Safety Risk Assessment will help the ‘responsible person’ decide if Evacuation Chairs are required.

Within the RRO, it states that, after revising the findings of a Fire Safety Risk Assessment, the ‘responsible person’ on the premises must consider anybody who may be especially at risk and act to protect these individuals as best they can. For example, somebody with a physical disability. Therefore, government guidelines concur that where Evacuation Chairs are the preferred method of escape, the ‘responsible person’ on the premises should be able to provide them.

3. How do Evacuation Chairs Work?

The use of Evacuation Chairs must be part of an Evacuation Plan that meets current legislative requirements including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, and the Equality Act. Correct manual handling techniques must be used, and regulations complied with. This is especially important when carrying a loaded chair for upstairs evacuation and a Fire Safety Risk Assessment should be made, including how many people will be required to carry the chair for each specific case.

4. How many Evacuation Chairs do I need?

How many Evacuation Chairs you need depends on meeting your existing fire safety arrangements under article 11 of the Fire Safety Order. Particular consideration should be given to the number of Evacuation Chairs required to meet both Personal & General Emergency Evacuation Plans.

For General Emergency Evacuation plans, a good rule of thumb is one Evacuation Chair per staircase for all upper floors, in addition to any extra chairs being required for existing personal Emergency Evacuation Plans situations. A Fire Safety Risk Assessment will need to be carried out by those responsible for premises management.

The findings of a Fire Risk Assessment should help the responsible person to source the appropriate solution to accommodate the building and its residents.  

Legislation dictates that you must provide a safe means of evacuation for any persons who may be (or become) unable to use the exit routes in the event of a fire or any emergency.

5. Different types of Evacuation Chairs

We currently have a range of 3 different Evacuation Chairs and each model comes with a variety of features designed to provide comfort and reassurance for the evacuee.

Got a question about Evacuation Chairs? Need a Fire Safety Risk Assessment? Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

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STEP 1:
STEP 2:
You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

False Fire Alarms remain a huge concern within the education sector- interrupting already carefully scheduled, planned and well-prepared lessons or even causing major disruption and distress to exams.  

Clearly, these false alarms cause significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. They compromise everyone’s safety in the school and present a significant risk to the local community since the Fire Brigade will prioritise the school over other emergency callouts.

Solutions you should consider:

Anti-tamper products

The first and most straightforward way is to use anti-tamper products.

Fixfire® supplies a wide range of solutions designed to protect Fire Alarm Devices from inadvertent damage or deliberate misuse/vandalism.

Products include:

  • Local plastic cover flaps which attach directly to manual call points.
  • The stopper consists of a clear, tamperproof, tough polycarbonate cover, frame and spacer that retrofits over a break glass call point. When lifted to operate the break glass unit, its optional battery powered integral sounder emits a piercing 96dB (at 1m). Immediate attention is drawn to the area and a prankster will either run or be caught!
  • A range of steel web stoppers designed to protect fire detectors and warning devices. They are constructed from heavy-duty galvanised steel rod which is plastic-coated for durability and external use.
  • A range of polycarbonate enclosures are available for the protection of devices such as fire alarm control panels and associated control equipment. The enclosures combine tough rugged construction with stylish design and offer excellent protection with a key lock for authorised access.

We also provide anti-tamper devices for fire extinguishers and associated products.

KeyCall® Call Point

KeyCall® is a patented anti-ligature Fire Alarm and Access Control call point. It is designed to use the same key as the doors, providing simple operation for staff whilst eliminating nuisance activations by service-users.

KeyCall® has been developed by Fixfire® specifically for approved applications where standard versions would be vulnerable to abuse.

It is one of the best solutions for SEN schools and it is also compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems.

Conduct Fire Safety Training

Most fire safety courses offer a mix of classroom-based learning and practical training experience, educating attendees on how to respond in the event of an emergency.

 In order to fulfil your obligations under current Fire Safety Law, it is essential that you have a documented regime of Fire Safety tests and checks and personnel who are suitably trained to respond correctly in the event of an emergency.

All Fire Safety Training is provided by experienced, time-served and qualified persons from a Fire Safety background.

Video surveillance

Even if the cameras don't identify the culprit, they can identify who was in the area at the time of the false alarm activation. Fixfire® specialises in integration and will bring together your Fire, Access and Security systems providing enhanced functionality.

Fixfire® provides leading-edge integration with ancillary systems and equipment. Our mission is to deliver reliable, well-engineered installations that provide you with peace of mind 24/7.

Place fire detectors in the correct locations

Smoke detectors that are placed too close to kitchens, cooking appliances, locker rooms or bathrooms will most likely be accidentally activated by the smoke or steam emitted by these sources. Detectors might need to be relocated.

Smoke detectors are more sensitive and are installed in any environment where smoke or steam would not normally be present. Heat detectors are installed in areas such as kitchens where smoke detectors would constantly false alarm during routine cooking. Multi-sensors combine smoke and heat in one detector and offer immunity to false alarms in certain applications.

Use the right detector

New detectors have improved technology and can measure a range of conditions to potentially be more effective at detecting a fire condition.

Flush Fire Detectors ensure protection is not compromised in any areas where conventional ‘un-pluggable’ detection could be subject to abuse. It is widely used in SEN Schools.

Maintain your Fire System

Make sure the alarm system is properly and regularly maintained.

Fixfire® is BAFE accredited for the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Servicing of Fire Alarm Systems.

All works are carried out by our employed, uniformed and trained Fire Alarm engineers.
Following each visit, a Certificate of Inspection is issued.

Got a question about False Fire Alarms? Need Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999

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