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Wheelchair Evacuator FAQ

Answers to some of the questions we often receive from customers about the Wheelchair Evacuator emergency evacuation device. If you can't find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.

How does the Wheelchair Evacuator compare on price to Evac Chairs?

The Wheelchair Evacuator is significantly cheaper than Evacuation Chairs and other evacuation devices. Also Evacuation Chairs require expensive annual maintenance contracts as well as the time it takes to arrange for the annual maintenance visit. Once these costs are taken into account the Wheelchair Evacuator is the easy choice for wheelchair user evacuation.

What are the main differences between the Wheelchair Evacuator and an evacuation chair?

The Wheelchair Evacuator:

1) Does not require the evacuee to be physically lifted from their own wheelchair into another device. This avoids the difficult and dangerous manual handing exercise required when using other evacuation products. This is especially relevant when the wheelchair user’s diagnosis requires that they remain in their chair or if the wheelchair user is heavy.
2) Prevents the prolonged blocking of escape routes while any manual transfer takes place.
3) Enables quicker evacuation making the whole evacuation process safer.
4) Enables the evacuee to remain in their own wheelchair (which is designed for its occupant and supports them in the correct manor)
5) Can evacuate up stairs as well as down stairs as well as over all sorts of rough terrain and other obstacles to a place of ultimate safety.
6) Can evacuate Bariatric wheelchair users in their own wheelchair.
7) Comes in a handy bag that makes it easy to carry to where it is required. It can even be kept with the wheelchair user on site making any evacuation even easier and safer.

Is special training required to use the Wheelchair Evacuator?

Yes.  The Wheelchair Evacuator is a tool designed for use by properly trained and competent persons. Training is provided using online streaming or DVD.

How many people are needed to operate the Wheelchair Evacuator?

This depends on the circumstances.  The law requires that there are sufficient trained and competent persons available at all times to enable the evacuation of all persons, including wheelchair users.  This means that if the operator is competent then just one person can operate the Wheelchair Evacuator.  However, it if is thought safer, because of the weight of the evacuee or the environment, then, because of the unique design of the Wheelchair Evacuator, two or even more people can be deployed to assist with the evacuation.

Is a wheelchair suitable to use in an evacuation?

Wheelchairs are designed to be able to be tipped backwards, to be taken up or down stairs and over other rough terrain as demonstrated on the web sites of manufacturers. Government advice also recommends that they are used in evacuation situations. Unfortunately the design of a Wheelchair does not make this physically possible for the operator. With the Wheelchair Evacuator attached the Wheelchair now becomes a practical evacuation method. Please view the demonstration video to see how this works.

Can the Wheelchair Evacuator evacuate bariatric persons in their own wheelchairs?

Yes.  The Wheelchair Evacuator is designed for the evacuation of all Wheelchair users including bariatric people.

Can the Wheelchair Evacuator be used to take a person up stairs?

Yes.

Can the Wheelchair Evacuator evacuate a person as required by law?

Yes.  The Wheelchair Evacuator is designed to overcome steps, stairs, rough terrain, cobble stones, gravel paths and car parks, grassy banks and steep ramps to provide quick and evacuations.

Can the Wheelchair Evacuator be used for personal use?

Yes although we recommend the Wheelchair Liberator which is a smaller version of the Wheelchair Evacuator, and is suitable for most modern staircases with normal step height.