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Short Term Accessibility: Hiring Wheelchair Lifts And Stairclimbers

Sometimes you need a short term accessibility solution. This may be the case for one-off events like conferences, prize-givings, graduations, exhibitions and weddings. Hiring a stairclimber or wheelchair lift can be particularly useful for occasions when temporary stage access is required. In addition, temporary access can be hired to avoid disruption to inclusive access if your permanent mobility solution is out of action or being serviced. Hiring an access solution such as a stair-climber or wheelchair lift is extremely flexible and can be...

How To Choose A Reliable Wheelchair Lift Platform

Platform lifts improve access for wheelchair users in homes, institutions and workplaces.  Choosing a reliable wheelchair lift platform means working with a trusted supplier to carefully assess your needs. Once requirements are established we can match them to the right lift solution. Space Space limitations are a key consideration. Wheelchair lifts come in a range of sizes and it's important to choose one that works in your space. With space restrictions, a folding lift can be a great option. Lifts such as...

Choosing A Powered Stairclimber

In buildings where it is impossible or impractical to install a lift, a powered stairclimber can provide an alternative access solution. The latest stair travel technology ensures a smooth, safe and dignified ride for the user as well requiring minimal manual handling for those assisting. Capacity and dimensions When choosing your stairclimber, it's important to determine the correct load capacity and size to suit those using it. This means deciding on the maximum weight needed - remember that total load includes the individual...

Evacuation Mats, Sheets And Chairs – Which Are Best?

There are a number of emergency evacuation options available to transport those who are less mobile to safety in an emergency. Whether they are your patients, residents or visitors, it is your responsibility to ensure everyone on your premises can be safely evacuated in a dignified manner. With many emergency evacuation solutions on the market, it's important to choose carefully. The best type of equipment is the one that is best suited to your unique premises and the people you will...

Do You Need Evacuation Chairs On Your Premises?

KEY TAKEAWAY: The law requires you to provide inclusive emergency evacuation. Evacuation chairs are an effective solution for those who cannot safely use stairs during an emergency. SHOP EVACUATION CHAIR RANGE   Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, all businesses and public services must make provisions for safe emergency evacuation at their premises. This means that you are legally required to ensure all employees, customers and visitors can make a safe escape in an emergency. Lift access is usually restricted in an...

How To Set Up A Wheelchair Ramp Safely

Wheelchair ramps help make your premises more accessible for wheelchair users as well as people pushing strollers or carts. Here’s our guide to setting up your wheelchair ramp with safety in mind: Choose the right ramp for the job The first step is choosing the right equipment for the job. Take in account whether the ramp needs to be permanent, adjustable, folding or a more bespoke modular system. Choose a high-quality ramp with a non-slip surface and check the ramp size and loading capability...

When To Use Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

Under current fire safety legislation, any business responsible for a building must provide a fire safety risk assessment and implementation plan. This plan must includes emergency evacuation procedures for all people who may be in the premises at the time of an emergency. If an employer or service provider does not make adequate provisions for the safe and dignified evacuation of disabled people they will be in breach or fire safety legislation as well as The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). Personal emergency...

Should You Be Using Goods Handling Equipment?

Goods handling is a consideration in all kinds of workplaces. Moving bulky objects can be particularly tricky when the task involves negotiating stairways. Whether it's heavy goods in an industrial setting or large objects within retail premises or institutions, using the right stair travel technology is essential. Safety first Even with the very best manual handling techniques, sometimes an object is just too risky for us to carry up or down stairs. Attempting to move a large item manually can pose a significant...

Google Maps Add Wheelchair Accessibility Information

Google Maps has begun displaying information on wheelchair accessibility in an update which could make a big impact on the lives of disabled people. “It’s a step toward providing more information about the accessibility of places around the world,” said Elizabeth Davidoff, communications manager for Google Maps. The new feature launched late last year and is available globally, Davidoff said. Accessibility details are created from submissions from users, or ‘Local Guides’, who answer questions about the places they visit, including things like prices,...

Keeping Inclusive Evacuation Up To Date

The start of a new year is a good time to review your inclusive evacuation and make sure procedures and equipment are up to date. Maintaining Equipment It's vital to keep evacuation equipment in good running order and perform regular checks so it can be used at a moment’s notice. We off service packages nationwide. Contact us today for more details. Reviewing PEEPs Don't forget that people’s needs can change over time and you must check whether Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) are still appropriate. Perhaps...