The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 60 people die in high-rise fires each year.  Another thousand people are seriously injured.Which is why Ken Frydman and the team at SkySaver created a personal life saving back pack for multi-story rescues and evacuations.“It’s been tested in every possible situation: heat, cold, pressure,” said Frydman.

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SkySaver backpacks are intended to serve as simple, practical escapes from multi-story buildings during fires, terrorist attacks, or other life-threatening situations. They come with cable lengths of 80′, 160′, or 260′, and all have been tested according to ASTM and ANSI standards.

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 If a fire or other disaster strikes a multi-story buildings, SkySaver makes escaping easy, and from much higher up than bulky window ladders. Strap the backpack on, clip its carabiner — at the end of a fire resistant cable — to a pre-installed anchor point, and then climb out the window.

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Every year, there are over 16,000 high-rise fires in the U.S. alone – and many more in other countries with a large number of tall buildings. These fires typically cause ± 60 deaths and 1000 injuries each year in the U.S. – many due to inadequate evacuation procedures or lack of safe exits – in situations where seconds count.

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Live in a high-rise building and don’t trust your cooking skills? SkySaver is an altogether different sort of backpack that can save your life in the event of an apartment fire — by giving you a fire-resistant rope to help you rappel down the building.

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SkySaver’s backpack is a self-contained portable escape system that anyone can operate to escape present danger. In the event of an emergency, one can strap on the backpack, attach the fire-resistant cable to a secure anchor point, and exit the nearest window.

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Described as the “ultimate portable survival kit for occupants of a multi-story building,” it’s a backpack housing an integrated cable system that you can use to safely escape through the window during emergencies. Simply clip the cable to a secure anchor point, exit the nearest window, and start making your way down – the onboard mechanism will take care of automatically and deliberately controlling your descent, slowly lowering you to safety.

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We can’t imagine too many people think daily about what they’ll do if they ever have the misfortune of being caught in a burning building. It’s a terrifying thought, and we understandably don’t spend our waking hours thinking about all the horrible things that could happen to us. Still, if you’ve ever experienced this nightmare, or worry about it more than others, know that there may now be a product that can save you in such situations.

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If you work in an office on a floor higher than you can survive jumping out the window from, you might want to consider stashing one of these under your desk. The SkySaver is a backpack that has a auto braking system for a controlled descent.

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 A backpack fitted with up to 260 feet of cable and able to automatically lower its wearer down the side of a building could become must-have gear for troops training for urban combat.

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