Evacuation Ski Pad

The Evacuation Ski Pad has been designed for use in confined areas, where space is limited, such as congested hospital wards, nursing homes, and buildings with narrow corridors or single width fire doors. The Ski Pad is easily removed from its wall-mounted wipe clean storage bag in an emergency by pulling the velcro strap. The person can be quickly transferred to the Ski Pad and secured in place with seatbelt-style straps while being moved the person is protected by a 50mm foam pad. The tough, slippery, vinyl coated base means that the Ski Pad moves easily over indoor and outdoor surfaces, so the person can be safely and quickly evacuated.

The Evacuation Ski Pad can be manufactured individually for the varying requirements of our customers. For example, the Short Ski Pad is produced for children and a Double Thickness Ski Pad is made for individuals with brittle bones. Please contact us for more information. In the event of an emergency, the Ski Pad is easily removed from its storage bag. The person is quickly transferred to the Ski Pad and secured in place with seatbelt-style straps. While being moved the person is protected by a 50mm thick foam pad. The tough, slippery, vinyl coated base means that the pad moves easily over indoor and outdoor surfaces, so the person can be safely and quickly evacuated.

Since the changes to the Fire Services Act 1981 in 2003, the Fire Service is no longer obliged to provide a “complete evacuation service” for premises placing the onus upon the business owner, and changes in the ‘Disability Act’ – which now states that everyone must have the same right of evacuation in an emergency. The Ski Pad is now being used in any premises where a person living with a disability would require assistance to evacuate. It is also important to note that the 2005 Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act requires equipment to be on site to be used in the event of an emergency for the evacuation of building occupants that may require assistance.

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

A product information video is available, it is not intended to be a substitute for training as no video can correct handling errors or bad habits.

Beware of imitations; you cannot afford for your evacuation aid to fail when in use. Evacuation Ski Pads are fitted with IMMI approved buckles and are fully CE Certified.

Frequently Asked Questions;

Can a ski pad be used in any building?

Yes – depending on the size and style of stairwells and landings.

Is the ski pad suitable for bariatric individuals?

The ski pad has been safe load tested to a weight of 160kg (25 stone). If a person of this maximum weight is to be moved multiple handlers will be required to move the pad safely – please refer to the safety instructions for advice on safe working load weights. If a very large/obese/bariatric person is to be moved, a device such as the Bariatric Evacmat, this device solves the problem of body mass stabilisation, has an SWL weight of 350kg (55 stone) and has multiple ladder handles allowing for multiple rescuer contact.

What happens if the Ski Pad is used in an emergency?

Once used in an evacuation – if any damage occurs, it is recommended that the ski pad should be replaced.

Are ski pads ok to use with very elderly or fragile people?

The ski pad is ideal for use with elderly or fragile people as they are protected while being moved by the internal foam pad. If the person is living with brittle bones, then a double thickness Ski Pad should be considered.

Does a ski pad need maintenance?

Visual checks should be made after each use. Should any damage occur to stitching, webbing, buckles, base or foot pocket it should be replaced. It is also recommended that ski pads that haven’t been used are occasionally checked to ensure that they haven’t been tampered with.

Are Ski Pads supplied with wall fixings?

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

Is the ski pad MRI and X-Ray safe?

The standard 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.

Do I need to be trained how to use a Ski Pad?

Yes, as with all equipment to ensure the safety of the person being evacuated and people carrying out the evacuation process staff must receive appropriate training by a suitably qualified and competent person, please click here for information on training courses.