Evac+Chair for all Debenhams Stores

Monday, October 01, 2007

Emergency evacuation chair manufacturer Evac+Chair has just provided retail giant Debenhams with an evacuation solution for the mobility impaired in all of its UK stores.

Debenhams previously purchased a small number of Evac+Chair evacuation chairs for stores with specific access problems. Evac+Chairs are used to evacuate a person down a flight of stairs through a safe, controlled descent.

On specifying Evac+Chair, Chris Reed comments, “Evac+Chairs take up a minimal amount of space in stairways. We have purchased some of the chairs in the past and have always received an excellent service from the company.”
Debenhams aims to provide for both its disabled and able-bodied customers, and has made significant investment to improve accessibility to all retail areas of its business. In the light of these improvements, consideration also had to be given to the safe egress of staff and customers in an emergency. Chris Reed explains, “At Debenhams we understood that we had both a legal and moral obligation to be able to evacuate all customers and staff, in particular those with mobility problems. The Evac+Chair provided the perfect solution.”

Debenhams have now strategically installed Evac+Chairs across its UK stores. The chairs are available in standard and narrow aisles models with an operating angle of up to 40 degrees, and so were suitable for stores with both steep and narrow stairways. Although the chairs are lightweight and only need one person to operate, they can carry a payload of up to 150kg.

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