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Shortcomings in high rise safety, in particular emergency escape, have led to the design and manufacture of many alternative means of escape. Slides, lifts and collapsible cabins have all been proposed as means of providing an alternative escape route when traditional routes are not able to be used safely. These methods all rely heavily upon resources such as power or support personnel neither of which are guaranteed to be available or operate within the circumstances at that point in time.

To overcome these obstacles a Controlled Descent Device is the ideal solution. Lifeline Descent falls within the CDD definition. CDDs, in particular Lifeline Descent enjoy a number of prominent advantages.

  • Provides and emergency escape route that is external to the building, inaccessible stairwells can be bypassed.
  • Simple, affordable and compact. Suitable as a personal or family solution. Included harness can be fitted to persons with mobility impairments.
  • Requires minimal fixation making it a suitable solution for existing buildings and does not impose major cost when incorporated into new developments.
  • Does not require any external or internal power source for operations, enabling Lifeline Decent to operate in blackout situations or independently of support staff / resources.
  • Immediately available to occupants, time is of the essence and Lifeline Descent offers the advantage if immediate escape if necessary.
  • Requires no user input, fully automatic operations reduces stress on occupants and eliminates the possibility of user error resulting in injury or death.
  • Controlled rate of descent of less than 2 metres per second reduces stress and injury.