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Going down? Sheesh. I get dizzy if I'm much over the 5th floor.
1 posted on 10/06/2005 1:05:41 PM PDT by cloud8
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I think a rope/cable and a harness with a traction pulley on it would be sufficient. Perhaps they can build them into the stairwells?


2 posted on 10/06/2005 1:08:31 PM PDT by Paloma_55 (Which part of "Common Sense" do you not understand???)
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I think a rope/cable and a harness with a traction pulley on it would be sufficient. Perhaps they can build them into the stairwells?


3 posted on 10/06/2005 1:08:33 PM PDT by Paloma_55 (Which part of "Common Sense" do you not understand???)
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I had an idea that parachute opening [and usage] was best done in the open, as far away from the building walls as possible. I must have been wrong.


4 posted on 10/06/2005 1:09:30 PM PDT by GSlob
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At least somebody's thinking creatively about how to get people out of high rise fires. It stands to reason that if you have no choice but to jump, having a parachute on will increase your chance of survival above zero percent.


5 posted on 10/06/2005 1:10:05 PM PDT by Argus
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Anyone who gets a chute for this purpose better get one set up for base jumping and be trained in how to use it.


7 posted on 10/06/2005 1:10:55 PM PDT by fizziwig
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Calling all base jumpers.

13th floor doesn't strike me as quite high enough,
even for a manual chute deployment by a trained
and non-panicked jumper.

Then there's the problems of rising winds in the
case of fire, landing in moving traffic, etc.

But if I worked in a tall tombstone, I'd want one ...
... assuming I had a way to open the window or
reliably smash a big enough hole in the glass.


8 posted on 10/06/2005 1:11:25 PM PDT by Boundless
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My building doesn't have a 13th floor. According to the elevator here, I am on the 14th floor. Should I invest in a chute?

Decisions decisions.

And what if you work in a short building neighboring a tower? Find a job elsewhere or play close attention when they have problems?


9 posted on 10/06/2005 1:12:16 PM PDT by weegee (The lesson from New Orleans? Smart Growth kills. You can't evacuate dense populations easily.)
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Hmm... I can't help but think of 100 or so people from different floors jumping at the same time. Chutes don't do much good when they're tangled with somebody elses.


11 posted on 10/06/2005 1:16:22 PM PDT by faloi
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I just calculated this about a week ago and I've also checked with several others. The agreement seems to be that 25 stories is about the minimum.


12 posted on 10/06/2005 1:19:06 PM PDT by ZGuy
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All high rise buildings will now be required to conduct base jumping clases.

Airborne - the only way to get to work in the morning.


14 posted on 10/06/2005 1:22:05 PM PDT by PeteB570
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20 posted on 10/06/2005 2:20:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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AT first thought, what a stupid idea. Second thought, it beats the hell out of splatting on pavement if the only resort is jumping from a buring building. Third thought, investigating new ideas for quickly evacuating sky scrapers is a great idea.

Buildings are already equiped with equipment to hang scaffold over the side (high rise only). Escape elevators mounted on the roof inside removable parapets? inflatable tubes that can be sent down the building (what a ride1)? The discussion is worth having.


21 posted on 10/06/2005 2:23:49 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Dems: "It can't be done" Reps. "Move, we'll find a way or make a way. It has to be done!")
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