Friday, December 5, 2008

Think About It

Planning saves lives.....should the fire suppression failed to mitigate fire, tall building should have evacuation plan to handle even the worst-case scenarios and be able to evacuate all occupants, including the less fortunate, adopting the broad definition of "nobody left behind".

In the event of the worst conceivable scenario that caould happen to tall structures, how do you...

1) How do you empty the total building population of a high-rise in the shortest possible time and reduce risks for fire fighters?

2) How do you get those people with physical disablities down quickly and with minimun assistance in the absence of lift and elevator for egress?

3) How do you increase the egress capacity of a tall building that is designed for phased evacuation to facilitate simultaneous evacuations?

4) How do you escape from the upper floor when staircases are damaged and not accessible?

5) How do you provide additional emergency exit(s) or increase the size of existing stairways for mass rapid evacuation where it is not possible due to building structure?

In many situations INGSTROM Escapes Chutes got the solution!

In many ways, INGSTROM Escape Chute system is a universally designed product that is accessible and usable by the greatest number of people, regardless of their capabilities. It can be deployed inside or on the exterior walls of the building, will operate even if the electrical supply to a building is lost during a fire, provide escape solutions for high rise buildings under fire (or damaged by explosions) whose aim is to bypass impassable floors or blocked stairways. These would allow people trapped in higher elevations to escape safely to the street.

The Ingstrom Escape Chute systems serve as both alternative and supplemental means of egress for buildings and structures for high rise buildings. It facilitate faster movement of more people in an emergency for some buildings that may lack of some safety features: sprinklers, smoke detection, smoke exhaust, and emergency power. This supplemental evacuation provides a high degree of assurance that every occupants would have a chance to get out alive even if they are mobility impaired and that the lifts/elevators are not in operations.