What You Need to Know

The Evacuation Slyde by DQE is an innovative rescue sled that assists in the evacuation of non-ambulatory individuals in businesses, schools, and medical facilities. By employing this lifesaving device as part of your evacuation plan, you can provide emergency care for all people for which you are responsible.

What materials are used in the fabrication of Slyde and Slyde Bariatric?

Both the standard Evacuation Slyde and the Bariatric Slyde are crafted from corrugated polypropylene, a durable yet lightweight material. Sleds are approximately 12 millimeters thick, and can effectively transport lifesaving equipment such as first aid materials, heart monitors, and other lifesaving devices along with the patient.

How much do DQE Evacuation Slyde products weigh?

The standard Slyde weighs nine pounds, and the Bariatric Slyde weighs 11 pounds. Because of its lightweight design, Slyde is incredibly easy to use, even when transporting larger individuals.

How many people are required to assemble the Slyde?

The Evacuation Slyde can be assembled easily by one person. Each sled includes instructional graphics, which are printed directly on the unit for quick reference and easy setup.

How many people are required to control the stair descent of a Slyde?

The Evacuation Slyde can be effectively maneuvered by two to seven carriers. The specific number of operators required will depend on the size of the individual being transported. A good rule of thumb is:

  • 500 pounds or less – two operators
  • 500-600 pounds – five operators
  • 600 pounds or more – seven operators

How should I store the Slydes for quick access?

All Evacuation Slydes are foldable and stackable for easy storage. DQE also offers a Slyde Sleeve, which holds up to five Slydes and can be mounted to the wall for your convenience. We recommend placing the Slyde Sleeve near your other lifesaving equipment, which will allow easy access to the sleds when necessary. It is important to note that Slydes must be stored in temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

How does the Slyde belay rope system work?

In the event that you are short-staffed during an emergency situation, the Slyde Stairwell Belay System can assist you in transporting a patient down stairs. This method is also quite useful for safely evacuating larger patients. The rope can be anchored by any secure stationary object, such as a railing. For maximum convenience, however, the rope can be attached to the wall-mounted belay box, which serves as an anchor point.

What is the rating of the Slyde Stairwell Belay System?

The Slyde Stairwell Belay System is rated at 5,000 pounds (22.241108 kilonewtons). With 30 feet of rope, two carabineers, and a belay friction device, the belay system includes everything you need for safe and effective transport.

Is the Evacuation Slyde reusable?

The Evacuation Slyde is intended for single use. However, it can be reused during training exercises as long as the sled has not sustained damage. It is important to note that the sled should not be reused in the event that it comes in contact with fluids.

Who can benefit from the Evacuation Slyde?

Emergency situations can happen anywhere. Businesses, schools, and medical facilities have an obligation to provide an effective evacuation plan.[1] A high-quality rescue sled can offer peace of mind should an unfortunate situation arise. The Evacuation Slyde is used by a number of locations, including:

  • Schools and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Athletic facilities
  • Theaters
  • Emergency service facilities (police, fire, military, EMS)
  • Corporate office buildings
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Multi-unit housing

Learn More about the Evacuation Slyde

When planning an evacuation route, it is important to consider how you will transport injured or immobile individuals. For more information regarding the Evacuation Slyde by DQE, you can visit our online resource center.

[1] https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=9726&p_table=standards