Power for emergency evacuation lifts
While British Standards are clear on what constitutes a compliant emergency evacuation lift, the benefits of this means of escape (and even its relevance) still seem to have not been granted due clarity. Power Systems International has embarked upon a pioneering initiative in developing the Emergency Lift Power System (ELPS), suitable for lift applications at airports, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other public buildings.
Health and safety has traditionally dictated that lifts cannot be used in emergencies. However, improvements in disability awareness and changes to the ever more demanding environment for duty of care have lead to the need for improvements to evacuation facilities for disabled, injured or incapacitated persons from public premises. While some people with disabilities may be at risk of injury if carried down stairs, it cannot be assumed that members of the public will be willing to assist in emergency situations. Consequently, evacuation plans are becoming ever more comprehensive and designers are becoming increasingly open to the potential benefits of emergency evacuation lifts.
The ELPS has been designed with this in mind, being protected with features to enable designated evacuation lifts to operate safely and efficiently. These ELPS features, including an authorised manual control by means of a key switch and the facility for change-over between dual power source feeders, help enable emergency evacuation lifts to operate in line with BS9999.
- A crucial ELPS feature is its application as a “point of use” power source. This compact unit is intended for installation adjacent to the lift location, and does not emit the heat, noise, smoke, fuel spills or toxic fumes associated with diesel generators. Neither does it require the cost of fuel storage or long cable lengths.
- Not only this, but the ELPS can be used to power designated evacuation Lifts SIMULTANEOUSLY with emergency lighting and smoke extraction fan motors for refuge areas, making it a localised, multifaceted, cost effective power package.
Standby power is perhaps an obvious requirement for emergency situations, but what if the cabling from the power source to the point of use is damaged? A centralised system leaves critical emergency lighting, lifts or other vital operations at very real risk. Why leave huge lengths of site-wide cable vulnerable to theft, fire damage or a system circuit failure when “point of use” power system installation can provide the guarantee you need in an emergency? The ELPS provides power at the point where it is actually needed, giving peace of mind should an emergency situation arise.
If you would like further information about the benefits of the ELPS then please contact:
Power Systems International Ltd
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