The Evacuation Ski Pad was designed for use in confined areas, where space is limited, such as hospital wards, nursing homes, buildings with narrow staircases, escape routes, corridors or single width fire doors. The Evacuation Ski Pad has evolved from the Ski Evacuation Sheet; which remain in place, attached unobtrusively under a patients/residents mattress at all times.
The Evacuation Ski Pad has been safe load tested to a weight of 160kg however, to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries to handlers, the maximum weight being pulled should not be more than that of the combined weight of the handlers – as a general rule the safe working load for two handlers using the Evacuation Ski Pad is 120kg.
The patient/resident who would require assistance during an evacuation should have a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEPS) in place, the use of an Evacuation Ski Pad should be considered and equipment assessed in line with the requirements of a PEEP.
- Beware of imitations or equipment that has not received third party certification; you cannot afford for your evacuation aid to fail when in use.
- The genuine Evacuation Ski Pad is fitted with seat-belt style IMMI buckles.
- When considering the selection of an evacuation aid, it is also essential to determine the particular risks that staff may encounter utilising such equipment.
- Include the pulling handles that are too short for staff to allow the safe movement of the evacuation aid, particularly when descending stairs.
- Another critical element of an evacuation aid is its method of construction; you need to be confident that the device you have chosen is robust, and offers protection to the patient/resident when they are being evacuated to a place of safety.
A product information video is available below; it is not intended to be a substitute for training as no video can correct handling errors or bad habits. Certified training is available on this product Evacuation Aid Training Course.