EVAC+CHAIR® Reminds Campus Officials of Importance of Having Emergency Evacuation Device in Dormitories and Academic Buildings

Recent fire in Rutgers University Dorm Brings to Mind Seton Hall Fire, Need for Emergency Evacuation for Incapacitated Occupants

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 2, 2010 – It only takes a minute for a careless college student to ignite a dangerous fire that can spread and cause bodily harm. A May 12 fire in a Rutgers University dormitory was put out quickly and no one was hurt, but the incident revives the memory of the tragic fire at Seton Hall University ten years ago, when three students were killed and 58 injured—some critically— in a dorm fire started by students.

Rich Perl, vice president of business development for Evac+Chair® North America, is reminding campus officials in colleges and universities to make sure all building occupants can get out safely and quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency.

"Anyone can become incapacitated in an emergency and need assistance getting out of a multi-story building, including a dormitory or college library," explained Perl. "Young people can develop anxiety attacks, someone recovering from an injury or surgery might not be able to negotiate stairs that day, or an older visitor could be unsteady on his feet. The Evac+Chair® simply unfolds and can ferry a person to safety by just one person," he added.

The Evac+Chair's® lightweight portability and narrow profile give it a distinct advantage over other evacuation devices. It allows first responders and other building occupants to pass without interference on crowded stairwells, and its unique patented design makes it easy enough for just one person to operate. Perl added that the Evac+Chair® was instrumental in the rescue of several disabled building occupants during the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Evac+Chair® North America has placed Evac+Chairs® in theatres and stadiums, hospitals and nursing homes, office buildings and hotels throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Many public school districts, state universities and private colleges are among the educational facilities using Evac+Chairs®.

"National Campus Fire Safety Month is in September," noted Perl, "so summer is the time to prepare for the back-to-school season before a tragedy occurs."

For more information about the Evac+Chair, go to www.evac-chair.com or contact National Sales Manager Rich Perl of Evac+Chair® North America, LLC at (516) 502-4240 or sales@evac-chair.com.


The Evac+Chair® was developed in the United States in 1982 and is the worldwide industry standard in lightweight, portable evacuation chairs. Today the company sells internationally to hotels, hospitals, office buildings, schools, assisted living facilities, and residential and commercial high-rise buildings—any multi-story building where any tenant or occupant who needs help for any reason can get down the stairs to safety. Its narrow profile allows first responders and other building occupants to ascend or descend staircases during an emergency without interference, and its unique design allows most able-bodied users to assist anyone with mobility impairments or other conditions in need of help with relative ease.