High Rise Escape Systems Inc. won the prestigious ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award for 2017.
Their self-rescue devices are designed to mitigate means of egress for anyone living or working above the 2nd floor. High Rise Escape Systems Inc. accomplish this by using a combination of several simple, low-tech devices. They require no power, are inexpensive, have a long shelf-life and are easy to use.
The company have developed permanent and portable Escape Systems to attach to a structure.
Each System incorporates a Controlled Descent Device (CDD). The CDD works like a pulley. In operation, a user slides an Escape Harness over them, climbs over their balcony or out a window and the CDD slowly lowers them automatically at the rate of 3 feet per second. This speed can be compared to a slow elevator. As they descend, the opposite end of the cable automatically retracts and reloads the CDD for the next evacuee. Then the process repeats. Everyone gets out. Escape Harnesses are permanently attached at each end of the cable and full fire-resistant Evacuation Suits are available.
Each CDD incorporates a poly-steel cable with a neoprene inner lining and braided polyester jacket to protect it from abrasion, moisture and heat. Cable lengths are currently available up to 1000 feet (305 meters) or about 100 floors. Other options are available for locations exceeding these heights.
High Rise Escape Systems Inc. have also developed Evacuation Suits for use with the CDD. Designed with senior citizens, mobility impaired and the disabled communities in mind, these suits are simple to put on and simple to put on others. They are oversized for adult and child together if necessary and made up of an Aluminized, Kevlar-style material that repels 95% of radiant heat.
For further details visit: www.highriseescapesystems.com
Image shows a High Rise Escape Systems Inc. Controlled Descent Device (CDD). Picture supplied by High Rise Escape Systems Inc.