Grenfell Tower Never Again. New Simple High Rise Fire Escape System would save lives
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There is a simple High Rise Escape System which could be fitted in all high rise buildings and would save lives. The Government could set up a Non Profit company to make/ install these at low cost
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See how this simple Fire Escape system works
It's an outrage that lives have been lost in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.
It seems that yet again the Government has prioritised cuts before people.
I have been campaigning about improper Environmental Policies for a number of years and have seen how the authorities seem to ignore common sense ideas.
Following the 9/11 disaster in the US a fire fighter designed a low cost simple to use effective high rise escape system which would have saved lives. This technology seems to be based in the US but could surely be implemented in the UK.
The High Rise Escape System consists of a wire, a Controlled Descent Device and a harness which can lower people to the ground safely.
"A combination of several simple, low-tech devices. They require no power, are lightweight, have a long shelf-life and are easy to use"
High-Rise Fire Escape Systems
When fires breakout in very tall buildings it can often cause additional problems that conventional fire escape routes aren't able to cope with. For example, people may become stranded on the higher floors if the corridors below them are blocked by fast-spreading smoke and flames, or if the fire escape stairs and exits are congested from large crowds attempting to use them at once.
High-Rise Fire Escape systems offer an alternative escape route for people trapped many levels above the ground. They provide a range of entirely self-contained lowering systems which can be adapted to rescue people from any height of up to 100 floors, using a Controlled Descent Device (CDD) that adjusts to the user's weight and lowers them down to earth at speeds of between 1 and 1.5 meters per second.
How a high-rise fire escape system works
1. A wall-mounted boom is installed on the building (usually above a window or balcony) to which the CDD is then attached.
2. A flame-proof, patented escape suit is then added to either end of a special wire rope which is threaded through the boom.
3. This is left in place so when an emergency happens someone trying to escape merely needs to swing the escape suit over to where they are, climb inside it and step off the ledge to be lowered down to safety.
4. As they descend the other suit is raised back towards the top, allowing the next person to start coming down as soon as the first person reaches the ground
The lightweight cable can be supplied in lengths up to 1000ft long (333 meters), making it suitable for any building below approximately 95 storeys tall.
These systems could be installed quickly in every high rise building without huge cost, which would allow residents a means of escape in the event of a fire or emergency, avoiding loss of life.
It is difficult to understand why Fire Escape systems like this have not already been installed.
Systems like this should be installed immediately in ALL high rise buildings and social housing throughout the UK..
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