It is ideally suited for patient/resident or immobile person with a high body mass, with a manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of 160kg with a minimum of 2 rescuers. The Ski Sled has a safe load-tested weight of up to 240kg which is considerably higher than most of the similar products currently on the market. You should liaise with your manual handling advisor about forming a policy on how many staff should be available to use this product.
The occupant is simply transferred to the Ski Sled by rolling them to their side, placing the Ski Sled beneath them and the mattress (if on a bed) then rolling them back onto the Ski Sled, wrapped in their bedding and secured with the 3 seat belt style straps and can then be quickly pulled to safety.
The foam pad and the internal nylon support struts give protection to the occupant from bumps and bruises; it is ideal for use in nursing homes or hospitals as well as many other environments such as schools, offices, hotels etc… where non-ambulant people (such as wheelchair users) require assistance to evacuate from a building. It is relatively easy to transfer someone from a wheelchair onto a Ski Sled requiring no direct lifting.
The tough slippery base material enables the occupant to be moved easily over virtually any surface; indoors or outdoors.
The narrow width and flexibility allow the occupant to be slid through standard doorways, along twisting corridors (Horizontal Evacuation) and down narrow stairs (Vertical Evacuation).
Beware of imitations; you cannot afford for your evacuation aid to fail when in use. Ski Sleds are fitted with IMMI.
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 hab
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.