Evacuation Ski Pad

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 Evac 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 is 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 Evac Ski Pad has evolved from the Evac Ski 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 Evac Ski Pad is 120kg.

The patient/resident who would require assistance during an evacuation should have a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEPS) in place, this should be considered and equipment assessed in line with the requirements of a PEEP.

Note: 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 Evac Ski Pad is fitted with seat-belt style IMMI buckles. When considering the selection of an evacuation aid, it is also important to determine the particular risks that staff may encounter utilising such equipment. This can include pulling handles that are too short for staff to allow the safe movement of the evacuation aid, particularly when descending stairs. Another key 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)

Who is responsible for managing evacuation arrangements?

Answer: Since the amendments of 2003 to the Fire Services Act 1981, and the requirement of the Safety Health and Welfare At Work Act 2005 the Fire Service is no longer obliged to provide a "complete evacuation service" for premises placing the onus upon the person with responsibility for the management of fire safety within the organisation.

What are my requirements regarding an emergency evacuation for people living with a disability in Ireland?

Answer: Everyone has to have the same right of evacuation in an emergency, and the responsibility to ensure this is in place falls upon the person having the responsibility for the management of fire safety within the organisation.

Can a ski pad be used in any building?

Answer: Yes, depending on the size and style of stairwells and landings.

Is the Ski Pad suitable for bariatric individuals?

Answer: The Ski Pad has been safe load tested to a weight of 160kg. If an individual 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 individual is to be moved, a device such as the Bariatric EvacMat should be considered - this device solves the problem of body mass stabilisation, has a safe working load weight of 350kg and has multiple ladder handles allowing for multiple handler contact.

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

Answer: Once used in an evacuation - if any damage occurs, it is recommended that the Ski Pad should be replaced.

Are Ski Pads suitable for the evacuation of very elderly or fragile patients/residents?

Answer: Yes, the 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 Ski Pad should be considered.

Does a Ski Pad need maintenance?

Answer: Visual checks should be made after each use. Should any damage occur to stitching, webbing, buckles, base or the foot pocket the Ski Pad 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?

Answer: No. Due to varying policies on safe, appropriate wall fixing for individual organisations, 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?

Answer: 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. The MRI and X-ray compatible Ski Pad comes standard with three securing straps.

Are demonstrations available?

Answer: Product demonstrations are available on Ski Pads throughout Ireland, subject to prior arrangement and availability of consultants.

Can a staff member operate a Ski Pad without training?

Answer: No, as this places both the staff member and the patient/resident at a high level of risk.

Can staff be trained on the use of the Ski Pad through a video presentation?

Answer: No, for staff to operate a Ski Pad safely, they must receive face to face training with a competent person, as the operation of a ski pad is both skill and knowledge based.

Is it safe for a staff member to simulate a patient/resident for training with a Ski Pad?

Answer: No, a rescue training dummy must be used to simulate a patient/resident for training with a Ski Pad.

Is there any training available?

Answer: Training packages are available throughout Ireland, subject to prior arrangement for further information; please contact our office.

How does the Ski Pad work?

Answer: The 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 Ski Pad is quickly and easily removed from its storage bag by pulling the velcro tab - if the Ski Pad is wall mounted there is no need to take it off as the pad will fall to the floor once the velcro fastening is released. Once the 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 or wheelchair, and his/her feet (if possible ) be placed in the foot pocket to prevent him/her from slipping down the mat 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 Ski 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 tough, slippery, vinyl-coated base means that the Ski Pad moves easily down stairs, over indoor and outdoor surfaces, so the patient/resident can be safely and quickly evacuated.

When do I clean the Ski Pad?

Answer: It is advised that only a 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 Ski Pad requires cleaning, the vinyl components can be wiped with antibacterial 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 fully dried, should the Ski Pad be stored away in its bag. If the top cotton becomes soiled it is recommended that the Ski Pad be replaced to prevent cross contamination. An "all vinyl" 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 Ski Pad has done its intended job and should be replaced by a new 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 Ski Pad should be replaced.