Collapsible Fire Escape (Oct, 1930)

Collapsible Fire Escape

SOMETHING unique in the way of fire escapes is shown in the photo at the right. When a fire breaks out, the crank on the contraption is turned. This shoots the platform up to the window, permitting the person whose life is endangered to step out to safety. Turning the crank also lowers the platform.

  1. Hirudinea says: April 27, 201112:15 pm

    Ok, so when a fire breaks out, you run outside, crank the fire escape up, run back into the house and use the fire escape to get out. Makes sense to me!

  2. TimE says: April 27, 20117:54 pm

    I think the inventor just had a grudge against the ladder.

  3. Heracles says: April 27, 20118:45 pm

    An ingenious object in search of a purpose. The inventor apparently sacrificed one coffee table, possibly two, in building said contraption.

  4. Charlene says: April 28, 20118:36 am

    He’s built a fire escape that can only be activated if you’ve already escaped the fire? And he’s made it out of wood?

    It wouldn’t be bad for moving boxes of books, etc. up to a second-floor room. But as a fire escape?

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