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Award winning senior living homes use Evac+Chair

19 March 2009

Sunrise Senior Living UK has commenced introduction of stairway evacuation chairs from Evac+Chair International into all 25 of its award-winning senior living homes

They form an integral part of the company’s emergency building evacuation plan, assisting it to comply with Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005. The chairs are intelligently designed, using continuous rotating v-belts to provide smooth and controlled descent over stair nosings in proportion to passenger weight.  This enables a single user to evacuate a mobility impaired person down stairs and out to safety in an emergency.

Sunrise Senior Living UK’s fire safety advisors, Quality Fire Safety Management Ltd, were responsible for specifying the Evac+Chairs.  A spokesman for the company explained, “All our staff have a fire service background and so have experienced the difficult reality of trying to evacuate people who need to be carried down stairs when dealing with a fire.  The Evac+Chair is an excellent solution and an excellent product.  It is quick, comfortable, safe and reliable and does not require exceptional strength to operate.”

The homes, which accommodate 80-100 residents, all have sprinkler systems, lowering the likelihood of the need for complete evacuation in a fire.  As such two Evac+Chairs were required for the majority of the homes for reasonable compliance.

Quality Fire Safety Management Ltd added, “The Evac+Chairs serve a further purpose for the homes too, as they can be used in medical emergencies to transport patients down stairs or to assist the mobility impaired if lifts are ever out of action.”

As a leader in its field, Evac+Chair International also offers a complete aftersales back-up service to ensure customers remain compliant with regulations such as the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulation (1998),  giving peace of mind under the ServiCare©  maintenance programme.

Sunrise is undertaking Evac+Chair’s Key Trainer  Masterclass© programme, which enables employees who receive the training to train others.  This makes it a useful and cost-effective method of sharing information for the multi-site company.


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