In many of the multi-story buildings you will find an evacuation chair in a cabinet near the evacuation assembly area for persons with disabilities. The chairs are designed to be operated by one person. To operate the chair:
Remove the Evacu-Trac from the storage cabinet and place the unit on a flat surface.
Grasp the handle and pull it up in a quick, smooth motion.
This will lock the Evacu-Trac in the open position.
The Evacu-Trac brake is normally on. To descend the stairs, release the brake by slowly squeezing the brake lever.
Descent speed can be slowed by reducing pressure on this lever.
A governor limits the maximum descent speed to about three feet per second, allowing even a small attendant to safely transport heavier riders.
Transfer passenger from their wheelchair to the Evacu-Trac.
Three Velcro straps are provided for securing the passenger.
These straps help immobilize an injured person or help transport a person with no upper body control.
The lower torso straps allows a younger passenger to be well secured while being transported in the Evacu-Trac.
On stairs, the tracks securely grip the stair noses and control the descent speed regardless of the stair covering.
On flat surfaces, Evacu-Trac can be pushed on its wheels as easily as a stroller.
This features allows the user to be transported to an area clear of the emergency rather than to an area of refuge.
It is recommended to use the inside of the stairway to allow room for other traffic and to make it easier to turn corners at stairway landings.
To turn the Evacu-Trac on flat surfaces, the attendant pushes down on the handle and pivots the unit on the rear auxiliary wheels.
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