In France, the demonstration of new fire evacuation equipment is resulting in increased funds for UNICEF--the United Nations Children's fund.
In France, the demonstration of new fire evacuation equipment is resulting in increased funds for UNICEF--the United Nations Children's fund. The system was developed by a French company and involves the use of a "safety sock" to provide what the manufacturers claim is the only vertical evacuation equipment in the world.
Parisians have recently been able to test the new equipment at a fairground, with the proceeds going to UNICEF.
The sack is a long tube of elastic material which can be dropped from the roof and floors of tall buildings. People then simply step into the top of the tube and it "grips" them, allowing a controlled but fairly rapid descent.
The manufacturers claim it is safe for, and can be used by, invalids, old people and children. Claustrophobia presents no problems because the tube is translucent, allowing air to circulate through it.
The tube can be used on all types of types of tall buildings--for evacuating aircraft and helicopters, oil rigs, hospitals, hotels and apartment blocks.
The system also preserves the aesthetics of the building. One hundred metres (yards) of the tube can be stored in a space of only one cubic metre (one cubic yard).