Novel Fire Escape Formed by Cable and Belt
DOWN a steel wire to safety, supported in a safety belt, slides the user of this latest type of fire escape, produced in England.
Trapped in a burning building, if you’re lucky enough to have this outfit on hand, you quickly attach the long wire cable to the window sill or any other support, drop the wire out of the window, and adjust the screw that fastens the belt to the wire. Then you slip into the belt and slide down.
The supporting belt is hung on the wire by means of a wooden block having a zigzag slot cut in it for the cable to pass through. The speed of descent is controlled by a thumbscrew in the block which provides tension on the wire.
It is a device which should be kept handy, the inventor thinks, in every high building, even where there are the usual fire escapes, for these are frequently blocked off.