An escape chair or evacuation chair is a device manufactured for the smooth descent of stairways in the event of an emergency. It was invented in the United States in 1982. The single-user operation device does not require heavy lifting to evacuate a person. An Escape Chair comes always with a green seat, head rest and dust cover.
A powered versions of the escape chair is available. By using the electrical track system a person can be saved or moved up and down the stairs by a single operator.
Enhanced models can have chairs that require two-person operation; these are more commonly used in ambulances. Lifting handles are used for descent and ascent of stairs. Caterpillar tracks are also used on the stairs.
Another law regarding chairs is the RRFSO. Created in 2005, this regulation states that fire officers are not required to enter buildings.
Failure to follow the above laws can result in serious issues. If a person was to perish in the building due to a lack of adequate evacuation equipment, the owners or operators of the building could be charged with corporate manslaughter.