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PRODUCT FOCUS: FIRE SAFETY & DISASTER RECOVERY


to malfunction. This could be acid leaking from batteries to something as simple as dust and dirt build up.


Powered Units should have monthly checks set up to ensure that the units are fully charged. The batteries will last noticeably longer if they are used. Even if there is no immediate emergency or need for use, take the chairs up and down the stairs to increase battery life and improve confidence and competence for trained operatives.


Site surveys We can measure up and assess staircases, landings, and terrain. We only ever offer you the best solution for your situation.


Consultancy We work in a team with an abundance of experience within this field. If you require expert advice and consultancy from professionals, we can assist and put you in touch with the right person for your queries.


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PEEPS: Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan Do not forget the importance of having a personal emergency evacuation plan in place for anyone who may require one. It is your responsibility to get people to a place of safety (not a refuge area), not that of the Fire Service. If you have a particular person who requires assistance, then a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEPs) must be completed, and the correct equipment purchased. Why purchase a ‘standard evac chair’ for a person in a powered wheelchair, that cannot be used by the person who needs it!


Disabled people are being advised by the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that they can make a formal equality complaint under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 for failure to provide an auxiliary aid or service such as an assisted escape device. The EHRC have also provided a template letter that can be used in the process.


It is essential that building managers, managing agents and fire risk assessors are also aware that there is now no published fire safety guidance that fails to advise that personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) must be provided for disabled people.


An article by Inside Housing on 21st April stated that the “LGA had decided to remove the Fire Safety in Purpose- built Flats last week following the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) withdrawal of new guidance on fire risk assessments last month amid a legal challenge from families bereaved by the Grenfell disaster. Both the 2011 guidance and the new BSI guidance had suggested that personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for residents with disabilities are not usually necessary.


This contradicts a recommendation from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s phase one report that ‘the owner and manager of every residential high-rise be legally required to prepare personal emergency evacuation plans for all residents whose ability to self-evacuate may be compromised’.


www.tomorrowsfm.com


What do Evaccess offer… We supply the correct evacuation chairs and stair climbers for general, and more specific needs.


We train to ensure anyone operating your evac chair or stair climber is confident and competent with using it.


We service any evac chairs and stair climbers, maintaining their reliability and safety.


We survey your site to decide on the perfect solution for your situation.


We consult with you to give you expert advice where you may need it.


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Individuals should never be expected to leave their wheelchairs behind when there are options that avoid manual handling and allow for independent onward travel outside the building.


www.evaccess.uk


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