My organisation wishes to introduce a system for the safe use of evacuation chairs to assist in the evacuation of those with mobility problems in the event of an emergency. What factors do we need to consider for the purchase and safe use of these chairs?

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My organisation wishes to introduce a system for the safe use of evacuation chairs to assist in the evacuation of those with mobility problems in the event of an emergency. What factors do we need to consider for the purchase and safe use of these chairs?

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When considering the overall fire evacuation strategy for those with mobility issues, the selection, use and maintenance of evacuation chairs should be considered. As such, a number of factors will have to be taken into account, including but not exclusive to:

  • the building design and location of refuges (including whether other methods of evacuation are available such as horizontal evacuation or appropriately designed lifts)

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