Evac+Chair sharing best practice in emergency evacuation at FM Expo 2019
Evac+Chair will be discussing the importance of inclusivity in emergency evacuation plans and procedures while exhibiting its extensive range of evacuation chairs at FM Expo 2019, 17-19 September, Dubai World Trade Centre.
The changing nature of risk
The nature of risk is changing – we’re building taller, more accessible buildings with increased evacuation risks. As a result, more consideration and careful planning is needed to ensure evacuation procedures effectively prioritise the safety of every occupant, especially those with disabilities or mobility-impairments.
The Middle East in particular is known for its extremely tall buildings, with Dubai being home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Reaching 2,717ft, the 163-floor building houses thousands of residential homes, nine hotels and a shopping mall[i].
Another of Dubai’s tallest buildings – formerly the tallest residential building in the world – is the Marina Torch which comprises 86 floors. In 2017, the Marina Torch experienced a catastrophic fire which prompted the introduction of mandatory evacuation drills across Dubai[ii] to ensure building occupants were better prepared for emergencies. This type of training is crucial, ensuring every responsible person within a building understands their role in an emergency.
On 18 September at 1:30pm in the Theatre of Inspiration, Evac+Chair International Middle East manager, Gary Hicks will be discussing the fundamental aspects of planning, testing and training when developing and implementing effective evacuation procedures. He will also be outlining the critical areas when planning to keep every occupant safe, whether it be in the event of a fire, security or environmental threat.
The Evac+Chair team will also be demonstrating its extensive range of evacuation solutions which are designed to safely and easily transport occupants with mobility impairments down flights of stairs in an emergency situation. By testing the evacuation chairs out for themselves, visitors can experience just how easy they are to use, whilst understanding the vital role they play in an emergency situation.
Achieving effective emergency evacuation procedures is more than a simple ‘tick box’ response to risk. Best practice evacuation procedures should form part of your building or organisation’s culture with transparent communication and frequent training. Everyone needs to understand their roles and responsibilities in an emergency to enable a swift response which minimises risk to life.
Evac+Chair International has been manufacturing its world-leading Evac+Chair in the UK for over 30 years. Every Evac+Chair is designed to help organisations effectively plan and prepare for safe evacuation in multi-storey buildings.
To find out more, speak to the Evac+Chair team at FM Expo 2019 on stand F230, visit www.evacchair.ae or call +971 4430 7722.