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Stairmageddon and the Stryker Evacuation Chair

Workplace safety is no laughing matter, but fans of the popular television show The Office were likely doubled over in tears after watching Season 9 episode 19 entitled, “Stairmageddon.” In this episode, the staff of Dunder Mifflin are forced to use the stairs while the elevator is being serviced. The catastrophe that ensues becomes known as “Stairmageddon.” Several out of shape characters struggle to climb the stairs, tranquilizers are used, and the result is utter chaos.

Stairmageddon and the Stryker Evacuation Chair While The Office episode “Stairmageddon” is certainly comical, evacuations are serious. Elevators may be out of commission in workplaces of offices for any number of reasons. In some circumstances, like in The Office episode, the issue may be as simple as the elevator being serviced. In other situations, however, fires or floods could be the cause of elevators not in use. Regardless of the reason, it is essential that all workers have an evacuation plan in place for emergencies in the event that the elevator cannot be used. Evacuation plans must also account for wheelchair-bound individuals.

This is where evacuation equipment like evacuation chairs for stairs come into play. Stair evacuation chairs are vital in situations where using the stairs are the only option for exiting a building. Mandatory evacuations like fires, floods, or other emergencies mean all individuals inside a building must evacuate immediately, usually without using elevators. People who rely on wheelchairs may be accustomed to using elevators or escalators, but these may be inaccessible during emergencies. Stair evacuation chairs are there to help keep employees safe no matter what situation they find themselves in.

The Stryker Evacuation Chair helps keep everyone prepared and safe. This evacuation chair has a patented Stair-TREAD system and a 500 lb weight capacity. The Stryker Evac chair allows a single person to safely move a disabled, injured, or otherwise wheelchair-bound person up and down a multi-story building by using the stairs.

Several impressive features of the Stryker Evacuation Rescue Chair include:

  • Stair-TREAD system allows for a controlled stair descent
  • Color-coded controls
  • Lightweight aluminum construction
  • Extendable head and foot end lift handles
  • Compact storage
  • 4 inch front caster wheels
  • Oversized rear wheels with sealed bearings for smooth transportation
  • Dual wheel locks
  • Passenger restraint set with Fastex buckles with lap, chest, and ankle restraints
  • Head support
  • 2-piece molded ABS seat

This high-tech evacuation chair is rated five-stars for performance, efficiency, ease of use, and reliability. Emergencies in offices can happen at any time. Being able to evacuate a building at a moment’s notice should not only be accessible to those who can easily use the stairs, but also to those in wheelchairs.

CWI Medical understands the importance of workplace safety for all abilities. We offer evacuation equipment for stairs and accessories to keep everyone safe and comfortable.  To learn more about keeping your workplace safe and finding all of the supplies you need, please feel free to contact us today.

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