Evacuation Chairs

Are they a legal requirement?

Whilst legislation doesn’t directly instruct a company or organisation to purchase evacuation chairs, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 gives the “Responsible Person” a duty in law to provide safe evacuation for anyone who may be in the building.

This will apply to all staff members and visitors, in short everyone from the Managing Director to the postman who may only pop in once a day to drop off mail to the first floor.

To reiterate, this does not solely apply to any person that may have impaired mobility. Imagine a fire alarm activates and a member of staff twists their ankle, how can you safely evacuate that person without risking others members of staff?

Having at least one evacuation chair per floor or stairway clearly demonstrates that the “Responsible Person” has taken the time and effort with their fire safety strategy based on the following documents:

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Equality Act 2010

Means of Escape for Disabled People

At Pyrotec we have the knowledge and expertise in house to help you achieve compliance without trawling through hundreds of pages of standards.

Call us today on 0800 634 4263 we are here to assist you with your fire safety needs.