Evacuation Ski Pad

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The Evacuation Ski Pad is suitable for use with both adults and children as it can be adapted to suit their varying needs. For example, smaller versions of the Evacuation Ski Pad can be produced for children/small adults, padding can be increased for patients with brittle bone disorders, or a third cross strap can be added for extra patient/resident security.


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.

Safety Instructions:

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.

Evacuation Ski Pad

  • Durable vinyl-coated base
  • Moves over virtually any floor surface
  • 50mm foam pad provides protection for the person
  • Seatbelt style IMMI approved buckles (metal) and webbing straps
  • Foot pocket at each end for ease of use
  • Long webbing pulling handles at each end
  • Wall mountable, wipe clean bag

What are my options?

  • 3 Strap
  • MRI Safe
  • Double Size
  • Short Ski Pad 1(73cm)
  • Short Ski Pad with Extra Strap
  • Extra Long Buckle Strap
  • Double Thickness
  • Packed – 67cm x 64cm x 20cm (2 or 3 strap)
  • Unrolled – 197cm x 61cm
  • Padding – 50mm thick
  • Weight – 5kg or 10kg double thickness
  • Safety tested to 160kg
  • Safe working load 120kg – for two handlers
  • Material – Cotton (top) and Vinyl (bottom)
  • Foot pocket – 42cm x 61cm (can be made with an inverted pleat for extra foot/legroom)

  • The Evacuation Ski Pad comes complete in a storage bag which can be wall-mounted at the head of fire escapes, in rooms or along corridors
  • When needed, in an emergency, the Evacuation Ski Pad is quickly and easily removed from its storage bag
  • If the Evacuation Ski Pad is wall mounted there is no need to take it off the wall as the pad will fall to the floor once the storage bag is opened
  • Once the Evacuation Ski Pad has been laid out and buckles unfastened, the patient/resident can be transferred on to the pad
  • The transfer can be performed on a bed, floor, chair and his/her feet (if possible) be placed in the foot pocket to prevent him/her from slipping down the pad when being moved down flights of stairs
  • The seat belt style metal buckles can then be fastened over the patient/resident and adjusted for a snug fit, securing the user safely on the pad
  • If available pillows can be placed over the patients/residents chest and legs before fastening the straps for extra comfort
  • The patient/resident is then ready to be pulled to a place of relevant safety
  • While being moved, the patient/resident is protected by a 50mm foam pad
  • The robust, slippery, vinyl-coated base means that the Evacuation Ski Pad moves quickly downstairs, over indoor and outdoor surfaces, so the patient/resident can be safely and speedily evacuated

  • The Evacuation Ski Pad has been safe load tested to a weight of 160kg
  • The recommended safe working load for the Evacuation Ski Pad is 120kg for two people
  • If a very large/obese/bariatric person is to be moved, a device such as a Ski Sled or a Bariatric EvacMat should be considered

Once used in an evacuation, if any damage occurs to the Evacuation Ski Pad it is recommended that it should be replaced

  • It is advised that only an Evacuation Ski Pad that has been used for staff training or partial evacuation within a building (between internal fire safety zones) may be cleaned if it becomes dirty
  • However, only the vinyl base and storage bag can be cleaned
  • If the Evacuation Ski Pad requires cleaning, the vinyl components can be wiped with antibacterial & antiviral wipes and air-dried
  • To renew the base surface of a training mat and help it slide, a spray polish may be applied and then buffed with a clean, dry cloth
  • Only once all the components are thoroughly dried, should the Evacuation Ski Pad be stored away in its bag. If the top cotton becomes soiled, it is recommended that the pad be replaced to prevent cross-contamination
  • An “all vinyl” Evacuation Ski Pad can be produced to help meet individual organisations cleaning policies
  • If a Ski Pad is used for a total evacuation and is pulled over road surfaces or gravel, the vinyl base may become worn and unfit for use after the evacuation process has been completed
  • At this point, the Evacuation Ski Pad has done its intended job and should be replaced by a new Evacuation Ski Pad in line with your fire safety policy and risk assessments
  • After use or cleaning, visual checks should be made on the stitching, buckles, vinyl base and all webbing
  • If any damage has occurred, the Evacuation Ski Pad should be replaced

  • Visual checks should be made after each use
  • Should any damage occur to stitching, webbing, buckles, base or the foot pocket, the Evacuation Ski Pad should be replaced
  • It is also recommended that an Evacuation Ski Pad that hasn’t been used is occasionally checked to ensure that they haven’t been tampered with

  • No, due to varying policies on safe, appropriate wall fixing for individual organisations, Evacuation Ski Pads are not supplied with fixings
  • However, suitable heavy-duty hooks can be sourced from any good DIY store

  • The standard Evacuation Ski Pad has metal buckles so; therefore, it is not suitable for use in MRI or X-Ray areas
  • However, plastic buckles can be fitted instead of metal making them MRI and X-Ray compatible
  • The MRI and X-Ray compatible Evacuation Ski Pad comes standard with three securing straps

  • Yes, the Evacuation Ski Pad is ideal for use with elderly or fragile patients/residents as they are protected while being moved by the internal foam pad
  • If the patient/resident is living with brittle bones, then a double thickness Evacuation Ski Pad should be considered

No, as this places both the staff member and the patient/resident at an unacceptably high level of risk

No, for staff to operate an Evacuation Ski Pad safely, they must receive face-to-face training with a competent person, as the operation of an Evacuation Ski Pad is both skill and knowledge-based

No, a rescue training dummy must be used to simulate a patient/resident for training with an Evacuation Ski Pad

  • Training packages are available throughout the UK, Ireland, and in other countries by prior arrangement
  • Training can be conducted as a group session for all staff or as train the trainer sessions for key members of staff, which can then be cascaded down to other staff members by the trained personnel

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