With Storage Device For Supple Escape Patents (Class 182/70)
  • Publication number: 20150136522
    Abstract: A method of rappelling loads (18) from an offshore platform, wherein a rescue raft (30) is lowered from the platform at a rappelling rope (22) until the raft floats on the water, and at least one load (18) is rappelled along the rope into the rescue raft, wherein the rappelling rope is held tensioned by a tension weight (26) that is suspended at a portion of the rappelling rope that passes through the rescue raft (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Uwe Bergmann, Dirk Bergmann
  • Patent number: 8991556
    Abstract: A fall arrest block has a drum (40) on which a lifeline is wound and from which the line can be drawn off or drawn back on, as the work man moves towards and away from the block. One end of the lifeline is permanently secured to the drum, and the drum has sockets (50) for securing ends of more than one different type of lifeline. The block also has a brake (24) in the form of a sealed unit which can be removed and replaced with a fresh unit, when servicing of the brake is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Checkmate Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Auston, Duncan Barrier
  • Patent number: 8973706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a life-saving apparatus and method for escaping from a second floor or a third floor of a burning building, wherein the life-saving apparatus includes a container, a set of wheels, an inflatable pillow, an inflatable slide, a set of canisters full of compressed gas, and a set of activators operatively connected to the canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: David Patrick Bambrick, Mary Katherine Bambrick
  • Publication number: 20140291071
    Abstract: A deployable fire escape with multiple alternating ramps allows a user to evacuate a building without needing the use of their lower body by walking or climbing. A plurality of alternating ramps are supported by a scissor mechanism that is engaged within guide channels of two fixed guide rails. The scissor mechanism is composed of a number of scissor sections, the number of which depends on the height of the building to be evacuated from. Each of the ramps is made from an upper layer and a lower layer of wide, flexible ramp belts, with the upper belts being staggered with the lower belts. Intermediate platforms allow the user to rest or reorient themselves. The user alternatingly slides down a ramp, pries apart the belts of the ramp, and climbs through the gap in the ramp belts to the next ramp, repeating this process until reaching the ground level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jose CONDE, JR.
  • Patent number: 8708101
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a life-saving apparatus and method for escaping from a second floor or a third floor of a burning building, wherein the life-saving apparatus includes a container, a set of wheels, an inflatable pillow, an inflatable slide, a set of canisters full of compressed gas, and a set of activators operatively connected to the canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: David Patrick Bambrick, Mary Katherine Bambrick
  • Publication number: 20140060971
    Abstract: The invention provides a Fire Escape Ladder comprising a portable and compactable climbing instrument in a durably constructed wooden rectangular box. The box may serve as a seat when not in use. The ladder inside the box comprises a series of rectangular rungs connected to each other and anchored to the bottom of the box with strong heavy steel chain links. The storage box contains a lip extension from its top edge for attaching, locking in and stabilizing the Fire Escape Ladder at a window opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Dzevat Selimovic, Almir Selimovic
  • Patent number: 8567562
    Abstract: A braking system for a self-retracting lifeline assembly is provided. The braking system includes a housing, a ratchet cam and a clutch assembly. The housing includes sidewalls that form, at least in part, a cavity. The sidewalls of the housing terminate in a connecting surface that extends around the cavity. The sidewalls have a plurality of notches spaced along interior surfaces of the sidewalls. Each notch extends from the connecting surface a select distance in the interior surfaces of the sidewalls of the housing. The ratchet cam includes an inner edge that defines a central cam opening. The inner edge of the ratchet cam has a plurality of inward extending teeth. The ratchet cam further has an outer edge. The outer edge has a plurality of outward extending fingers. Each finger terminates in a finger tip. Each finger tip is received in an associated notch in the interior surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: B D Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent G. Meillet, Joseph R. Kaiser
  • Publication number: 20130228395
    Abstract: The invention provides a retractable emergency escape system for a high rise building. The emergency escape system is made of a flexible, durable, fireproof, canvas-like material that allows it to retract to the top of the building when not in use. In its deployed configuration, the emergency escape system comprises a series of interconnected support panels connected to one or more vertical ladders or chutes. The diagonal pattern of the support panels provides support to the ladders and chutes, and also provides building occupants with an additional escape route. An occupant stuck in the building could escape the building by way of the diagonal support panels, by way of the vertical ladders or chutes, or by way of a combination of both. Alternatively, the invention can be made with horizontal support panels connecting to the vertical ladders or chutes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Habibah Bell
  • Patent number: 8360202
    Abstract: A personnel extraction system preferably includes at least a securement band and an extraction strap. Preferably, the extraction strap is affixed to the securement band and provides at least one attachment loop. The preferred embodiment includes the securement band being selectively configurable to provide the extraction strap in a storage state, an operative state, and a deployed state. In the deployment state, a first connecting hitch is secured to a rescue personnel while a second connection hitch is secured to a downed personnel and the extraction strap accommodates movement of the downed personnel to safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Addison L. Woodard
  • Patent number: 8276714
    Abstract: A rappel line anchor mount apparatus for use primarily with generally planar type support surfaces and fixtures provides a generally flat, substantially T-shaped body arranged to mount a rappel line on the normally upright leg extending substantially perpendicularly centrally from the work surface edge of the normally laterally extending top leg forming the T-shaped anchor body. The anchor mount apparatus may be formed with opposite jaw members pivotally secured together for movement between an extended, operative condition for use, and a collapsed, folded condition for efficient storage and carrying when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Skedco, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean C. Broyles
  • Patent number: 8245817
    Abstract: A self-rescue device includes a rope operatively connected to a lifeline connector. The lifeline connector is releasably operatively connected to a frame member of the self-rescue device, and should a fall occur, the user releases the lifeline connector from the frame member. A centrifugal braking mechanism controls the rate at which the rope is paid out, which controls the rate of the user's descent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Casebolt
  • Patent number: 8181741
    Abstract: A life saving implement includes a prime motor assembly, a winding drum installing in the prime motor assembly to wind a wire rope, a braking drum installed on a side of the winding drum to control an RPM of the winding drum, a braking unit installed on a lower portion of the braking drum to control an RPM of the braking drum, a speed reduction unit installed on an upper portion of the braking drum to gradually reduce the RPM of the winding drum until the winding drum stops, and a passenger vehicle moving by the rotations of the winding drum and the braking drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Implement Saving Precious Life Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun-Dal Lee
  • Patent number: 8162105
    Abstract: A fire escape device featuring a housing mountable outside windows, the bottom panel of the housing is pivotally attached to the back panel, the bottom panel can move between an open position and a closed position; a collapsible chain ladder attached to the back panel of the housing, the collapsible chain ladder can move between a rolled position an unrolled position wherein the collapsible chain ladder hangs downwardly from inside the housing; and a securing mechanism that can move between an engaged and disengaged position, when the securing mechanism is in the engaged position the bottom panel is in the closed position and the chain ladder is in the rolled position, when the securing mechanism is moved to the disengaged position the bottom panel is moved to the open position and the chain ladder can move from the rolled position to the unrolled position and fall downwardly from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Robert A. Ohland
  • Publication number: 20110284324
    Abstract: An emergency rope bail-out bag (10) is provided for use and wear by a firefighter or other first responder or emergency rescuer, the bag (10) including a main body (12) for stowing a rope (28), an escape hook (26), and a rappelling device (37); and a tear-away flap (14) that can be grasped with a single hand of a user and pulled away from the main body (12) so as to expose the escape hook (26), the rappelling device (37), and the rope (28) for rapid deployment in an emergency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Schubert, Douglas Sloan, Robert West, Alan W. Schierenbeck
  • Patent number: 8061483
    Abstract: A windage brake for a fan descender comprises a rotatable spool connected by drive belts to a fan comprising a radial flow air impeller. A line is wound helically upon the spool. A user of the fan descender puts on a harness (not shown) at the free end of the line and jumps from an elevated position. The line is thereby drawn off the spool and rotates it. The rotating spool drives the fan and also winds a power spring formed by a resilient strip. The windage of the fan regulates the descent of the jumper, the fan being accelerated to a speed at which the braking force is such that the jumper descends at a rate safe for landing on the ground. When the jumper is on the ground, he removes the harness and releases the free end of the line. The line is then automatically retrieved by the power spring and rewound on the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Drop Zone UK Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Moriarty
  • Patent number: 7963370
    Abstract: A personal, lightweight, high altitude rappel escape safety device is worn by an individual as a backpack and provides a safe means of lowering the individual from an elevated structure. The device comprises a structural body containing a mechanical device for slowly releasing a high strength cable. One end of the cable is secured to the structure prior to the user descending from the structure. The cable is released from a spool located inside the body and makes a circuitous path though a frictional structure. The structure contains baffles through which the cable extends. The friction caused by the pattern of release of the cable generates sufficient drag to safely lower a person from any altitude in a structure to the ground. The rate of descent may be adjusted via a braking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Byung-Sun Hwang
  • Patent number: 7946387
    Abstract: A self-retracting lifeline includes a common, central brake hub having teeth on opposing sides and a lifeline assembly on each side of the brake hub. The lifeline assemblies include centrifugal clutch assemblies with pawls. The pawls are configured and arranged to engage the teeth of the brake hub to stop the lifeline assemblies when there is a sudden acceleration or a high rate of speed at which the lifeline assemblies turn to pay-out lifeline which causes the pawls to pivot and engage the teeth. The self-retracting lifeline may be operatively connected to a safety harness with a connector interconnecting the bottom of the self-retracting lifeline and the straps of the safety harness proximate a dorsal pad assembly and straps interconnecting the housing of the self-retracting lifeline and the straps of the safety harness above the dorsal pad assembly. The lifelines of the self-retracting lifeline exit the housing proximate the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis P Betcher, Matthew J. Blackford
  • Patent number: 7942241
    Abstract: A wearable lightweight fire fighter's personal escape system and method includes a rope, having a distal and proximal end, organized in parallel segments disposed in an inner pouch. The inner pouch is entirely contained in an outer pouch that is appointed to be removably attached to a belt or harness, worn by a fire fighter. The proximal end of the rope exits through an opening in the inner pouch and outer pouch and is attached directly to a lightweight hook, or optionally enters a belay device. The hook has a sharp point for creating a purchase point on soft surfaces, a hook opening having sufficient diameter to surround radiators, steam pipe and the like, and capture rope that surrounds substantial objects. The hook has a central opening appointed for holding a firefighting tool to aid in creating a substantial object. The fire fighter escapes by creating a purchase point and repelling at a high speed or at a controlled speed by adjusting belay friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Botti
  • Patent number: 7942242
    Abstract: The invention relates to an urban emergency escape method and apparatus for use in escaping from high-rise buildings. The method sets forth a series steps that allows one to successfully evacuate a high-rise building that is filled with smoke due a fire or the elevator system is not working due to an explosion or a terrorist attack of some kind. The apparatus utilized comprises a carry-on bag with a handle and wheels for easy mobility and a zippered cover that encloses a plurality of interconnected rope sections, a descent controller, a plurality of anchoring straps, at least one harness, D-rings and a glass breaking tool. After donning the harness and breaking the window to allow exit, the anchoring straps are secured to several different structural components within the room and tied to a first end of a rope segment. The free end of the rope segment is pre-fed through the descent controller, the user steps out the broken window and allows evacuee to descend by manipulating the descent controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel J. O'Connor, John S. Soltys
  • Patent number: 7938229
    Abstract: An improved marine emergency rope ladder apparatus includes: (a) a continuous piece of rope knotted so as to form a safety ladder having a top and a bottom-free end, two side pieces that form a loop at the top of the ladder which is used to attach the top of the ladder to the surface to which it is to be affixed, and a plurality of rungs extending between these side pieces, (b) a pull rope whose top end is attached proximate the free end of the ladder and whose length is such that its bottom end is place proximate a water surface to which the ladder is to be extended, (c) a covering for the ladder in the form of a sleeve with a top flap and a means for releasably connecting the covering's bottom portion so that it can support the weight of the ladder fitted within the covering, and wherein this releasable means is configured so that a pull on the pull rope causes the releasable means to open the covering's bottom so as to allow the free end of the ladder to fall to the water below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Rebecca M. Davies
  • Publication number: 20110036664
    Abstract: A portable personal descending escape system that includes a flexible, folding body sack designed to hold a small child or animal that can be gradually lowered to the ground by a single individual. The body sack is designed to fold into a small storage bag. The body sack includes a closable top opening and at least one side panel made of mesh material. Attached to the side of the body sack near the top opening is a handle. Attached to the body sack is an elongated strap with a plurality of strap handles attached thereto. The strap handles are evently spaced apart along the handle so that one individual may gradually release the handle to safely lower the child or animal to the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Richard Allfn Peters, David Hedequist
  • Patent number: 7458334
    Abstract: A safety device including a support that may be stowed within an enclosure and easily extended for use. One embodiment comprises a primary strap having a handle on one end and a step on the other end. The primary strap passes through two rings, which allow it to slide through the rings when pulled in one direction, but resist movement when pulled in the other. The rings are coupled to a keeper, preferably by a secondary strap, and the keeper includes a pouch closable by a flap to form an enclosure. The keeper may be attached to a vessel or other object via a connector, such as a loop, on its rear side. The straps are gathered inside the keeper, with a portion of the primary strap hanging outside the keeper and fixed in position by the closed flap, such when the portion of the primary strap is pulled, the flap will open and the handle and step extend, to allow a user to use the handle and step for support to gain entry to a vessel from the water or such other purpose as may be necessary or desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen J. Baker
  • Publication number: 20080230313
    Abstract: A wearable lightweight fire fighter's personal escape system and method includes a rope, having a distal and proximal end, packed within an exterior rope pouch that is appointed to be removably attached to a belt or harness, worn by a fire fighter. The proximal end of the rope exits through an opening in the exterior/outer rope pouch and is attached directly to a lightweight hook, or optionally enters a belay device. The hook has a sharp point for creating a purchase point on soft surfaces, a hook opening having sufficient diameter to surround radiators, steam pipe and the like, and capture rope that surrounds substantial objects. The hook has a central opening appointed for holding a firefighting tool to aid in creating a substantial object. The fire fighter escapes by creating a purchase point and repelling at a high speed or at a controlled speed by adjusting belay friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Botti
  • Patent number: 7395939
    Abstract: The present invention is a universal electric toothbrush carousel that stores one or more electric and/or standard toothbrushes in a convenient rotary dispenser that is seated inside a walled base unit. The rotary dispenser comprises a top-mounted knob atop a clover-shaped disc, the disc being connected to a rod in a spindle-type manner. The bottom of the rod is connected to a concave base. In some embodiments, the concavity of the base collects and contains runoff. In other embodiments, the base may be defined by one or more drain holes to allow drainage of the residue. The rod offsets the disc from the base. The disc is four-leaf-clover-shaped and defined by alternate apertures (for holding standard and electric toothbrushes) and U-shaped recesses for holding electric toothbrushes. The spindle-type holder revolves around and holds one or more electric toothbrushes as well as standard toothbrushes in queued positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventors: James Bradford Morris, Lisa Beatrice Mears
  • Patent number: 7337878
    Abstract: An emergency ladder system for providing an exit from non-ground level floors of a building in the event of an emergency such as a fire includes an alarm system having fire detectors positioned in a building. The alarm system is operationally coupled to a ladder positioned in a compartment, typically underground. Upon detection of a fire in the building, a door covering the compartment is automatically opened, an audible alarm sounds, and the ladder is extended to reach an opening in an upper floor of the building to provide an escape route from the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Walter Lockhart
  • Publication number: 20080029338
    Abstract: A mechanical repelling system enables a user to repel down an outside of a building to escape the building. A single cable with a harness is wound through a double array of block and tackle rollers, including a transverse array of moving rollers and an aligned and paired array of fixed rollers. The moving array of rollers attached to a descent speed controlling damper piston with a cable return compression spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Floro Rosal, Frederick J. Malcolm, Anselmo Jaurique
  • Patent number: 7159693
    Abstract: A novel escape system comprised of a plurality of escape devices each which resemble a window shutter, are mounted on the outside of a building, adjacent the windows vertically above the next lower escape device. Since these take up no space inside of the building, and are aesthetically pleasing, they are less likely to be removed or overridden making them functional a greater percentage of the time. Each is comprised of a frame to hold a plurality of slats connected to a collapsible vertical connecting means a predetermined distance apart from the others. In its storage position, the slats are held in the frame in an angled position resembling louvers. When in the operational position, the slats are allowed to drop down out of the frame and extend down to the next lower escape device with the slats acting as steps of a ladder. The bottommost end of the escape device connects to the top of the next lower escape device to create a continuous escape system allowing egress from any floor to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Mark D. Mettler
  • Patent number: 7004287
    Abstract: An improved safety ladder and safety window as well as a method for use are disclosed. The ladder is discrete and compact, for convenience. The ladder is stored in a hidden container that is an extension or an addition to a normal window, or made part of an existing window, for example by being housed in a box associated with the window. The inventive built-in safety ladder provides for an easy escape in the case of an emergency. The window may be employed in a double-hung window, casement window, awning, hopper, or any operating window which can be used for egress. The fire escape can be incorporated in wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel, and other types of windows. The box may also be used for housing other items such as emergency escape smoke hoods that are used as breathing apparatus, or as a hidden wall safe to store valuables and can be accessed using a security code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: James Barbara
  • Patent number: 6994182
    Abstract: A safety device for escaping from building, which includes a flexible tube-shaped object (8), interval installing elastic apparatus (6) longitudinal along the flexible tube-shaped object (8), a supporting frame (9) installed on the top of said flexible tube-shaped object (8), escaping entry (11) installed on the supporting frame (9). Using the safety device according to the present invention, people can safely descend onto the ground from the high building through said flexible tube-shaped object (8), when the accident occurs in the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Wusheng Wang
  • Patent number: 6994183
    Abstract: A fire escape ladder assembly adapted for mounting between wall support members in a building cavity of a building structure. The assembly includes a fire escape ladder enclosure mounted in the building cavity and a mounting structure passing through the enclosure and surrounding building support members to anchor the fire escape ladder directly to the building structure. The enclosure can include a portion for mounting within a wall cavity and can further include a portion for mounting within a building floor cavity. The mounting structure can include a threaded rod passing through apertures in adjacent wall studs and maintained in a centered position by lock nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Dennis Peters
  • Patent number: 6968924
    Abstract: A compact, portable, self-aligning anchor for anchoring an emergency escape system to a building. The anchor is comprised of a thin wall hemi-spherical housing, a tubular rope guide extending through the housing, a short rope extending through the tubular rope guide and a carabiner clip on a distal end of the rope for attaching the anchor to the emergency escape system. The anchor is placed or tossed on to the floor of a room and the rope is passed under a bottom surface of an inward opening door. The door is closed, the distal end of the rope is pulled to self align the anchor at about a 45 degree angle with respect to the door and the rope is attached to the emergency escape system to anchor the escape system to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: American Escape Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Henson
  • Patent number: 6868942
    Abstract: An emergency escape system includes an escape apparatus and a door. The escape apparatus is connected to the door. The escape apparatus includes a cord and a release mechanism. The release mechanism is configured to provide a controlled lowering of a person being lowered on the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Double Exit Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Barzilai, Rafi Salhov
  • Patent number: 6845844
    Abstract: Fire escape apparatus suitable for use in locations where escape requires a movement from a first level to a second lower level is described. The apparatus comprises a casing (40), a flexible ladder (14, 16), and a means for deploying said ladder (11, 22, 24). The casing (40) has a mouth and is of sufficient dimensions to contain the flexible ladder (14, 16) when not in use. The deployment means (11, 22, 24) includes a spacer means (22, 24) and one or more handle means (11). The deployment means may be reversibly reconfigured between a storage configuration and a deployed configuration. The casing may be built into the structure which is to be escaped from, and the ladder is protected, when not in use, by the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Kevin David Williams
  • Publication number: 20040245047
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for rapid evacuation of people from edifices on fire or in other dangerous situations. The inventive device consists of an abseiling device which slides downward by the force of gravity on a downward hanging rope upon engagement. A braking device ensures that the speed at which the abseiling device slides downward does not exceed a given maximum value. The rope is secured or can be secured on a pivotally articulated extension arm which is firmly connected to the edifice. The abseiling device can be engaged and disengaged by means of a rapid clamping device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Herwig Fischer
  • Patent number: 6808047
    Abstract: An escape device for allowing a person to escape from a high position to a predetermined landing point. The escape device basically includes: an elastic cord element elastically stretchable to a maximum length substantially at the landing point; a container element provided at the high position; and a carrier element connected with the elastic cord element. Accordingly, a person can descend via the carrier element from the high position and softly land on the landing point. A plurality of carrier elements may be provided and connected together via plural elastic cord elements and auxiliary ropes, using disengagement mechanism, to provide a multistage escape device, so that the carrier elements can be disengaged from one another in sequence when they are falling so as to permit person(s) to descend and softly land on a ground at the landing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Maki Takeshima
  • Publication number: 20040178017
    Abstract: A fire escape ladder assembly adapted for mounting between wall support members in a building cavity of a building structure. The assembly includes a fire escape ladder enclosure mounted in the building cavity and a mounting structure passing through the enclosure and surrounding building support members to anchor the fire escape ladder directly to the building structure. The enclosure can include a portion for mounting within a wall cavity and can further include a portion for mounting within a building floor cavity. The mounting structure can include a threaded rod passing through apertures in adjacent wall studs and maintained in a centered position by lock nuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Dennis Peters
  • Publication number: 20040108163
    Abstract: An emergency ladder system and housing assembly developed to provide an alternative route of exit from a multi-story structure in case of a fire or other emergency. The system is designed to mount within the stud wall cavity below an escape opening such as a window. The system is comprised of an enclosure and ladder assembly, which is stowed within the enclosure when not in use. The enclosure door doubles as a step when opened. This provides a person during an emergency a platform to step onto after exiting the escape opening. Additionally, the door can be covered with a material matching the exterior wall of the structure such as siding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Donald Ole Johnson
  • Publication number: 20040104072
    Abstract: Fire escape apparatus for egress from a multi-storied building structure from an upper level thereof is provided. The apparatus includes an upper, supporting entry ring member detachably anchored to the structure at an exit location such as on the roof. The entry ring member has attached to it one end of an elongate mesh tube, the mesh tube being substantially longer than the structure height from which escape is required, and sufficiently long to enable extension of the tube downwardly from the exit location to the ground. The mesh tube has a lower, exit-opening support ring member attached thereto at its other end. The building structure has permanently attached thereto, adjacent the upper exit location, one end of a guide wire or cable extending from this upper location on the structure at a desired angle to the ground. The elongate mesh tube has affixed thereto, at spaced-apart intervals along its length, a plurality of supporting blocks-and-pulleys engaging and riding upon the guide wire or cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph T. Baker
  • Publication number: 20040060773
    Abstract: A system for use in conjunction with emergency rescue sleeves that are mechanically deployed along at least a pair of supporting cables taught between a compacted sleeve storage compartment located at a designated story of a building and an anchor located at a point elsewhere below. The system is further provided with a launching device (200) for propelling a projectile body (216) from the storage location down to a predetermined target location (220) at another building (230). The projectile (216) is tied by a length of wire (218) to one of the supporting cables (127). The projectile (216) is shot to the target location (220) and the cable (127) is taught and anchored inside the building (230). The unfolding of the sleeve (112) proceeds in the known manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Eliyahu Nir
  • Publication number: 20040045769
    Abstract: An emergency escape system includes an escape apparatus and a hollow door. A majority of the escape apparatus is storable within an internal volume of the door. A part of the door is removable in order to access the escape apparatus. The escape apparatus includes a cord and a release mechanism. The release mechanism is configured to provide a controlled lowering of a person being lowered on the cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicants: Reshafim (metal doors) Ltd.(50%), Yoav Barzilai (50%)
    Inventors: Yoav Barzilai, Rafi Salhov
  • Publication number: 20040011589
    Abstract: A system for use in conjunction with emergency rescue sleeves that are mechanically deployed along at least a pair of supporting cables taught between a compacted sleeve storage compartment located at a designated story of a building and an anchor located at a point elsewhere below. The system provides for the slideable extraction of the compacted sleeve storage compartment (150), from the outer wall (110a) of a building (110) at the designated escape story, and the parallel and diagonal deployment of the rescue sleeve (112) alongside same exterior wall (110a) of the building (110).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Eliyahu Nir
  • Patent number: 6585082
    Abstract: The method of providing for escape from a building, that includes providing a safety door extending between a passage in the building, and the building exterior, the door extending upwardly from a location proximate the passage floor, supporting the door to open outwardly away from the passage, thereby opening the passage to the building exterior; and providing descent equipment including a cable or cables, for support by the door, and to move outwardly with the door so as to become located above the void below the opened door at the building exterior, whereby a person in the passage may access the descent equipment to be controllably lowered downwardly into the void at the building exterior while supported by the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Atoll Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Henry C. Harbers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6578327
    Abstract: An attic scuttle for providing a means of accessing the attic which is easily installed, fire-rated, and forms a tight, insulating seal. The attic scuttle includes a sleeve with a perimeter wall, and a hinged door positioned within the base portion of the sleeve for facilitating access to the attic from a room below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventors: Douglas Hackbarth, Lori Hackbarth
  • Patent number: 6578664
    Abstract: A quick release latched security window guard having a framework attached to a building exterior overlying a window is held with a cam latch system including a cam rod extending through the building wall, with an end protruding into a hollow member forming a part of the framework. A sliding latching sleeve is spring urged into a slot in the cam rod end to lock the framework in place. Rotation of a handle on the rod end within the building forces the sleeve back to be cammed out of the slot to release the framework. One or more fixed slotted latching posts may also be mounted to protrude into the hollow member and to be engaged by portions of the sleeve to form additional latching points, all of which are released by the rotation of a single cam rod. The framework may take the form of one or more ladder sections deployed to hang down from the window when the framework is pushed out after being released by the operation of the cam rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Stuart Doherty
  • Publication number: 20030085073
    Abstract: An escape device for allowing a person to escape from a high position to a predetermined landing point. The escape device basically includes: an elastic cord element elastically stretchable to a maximum length substantially at the landing point; a container element provided at the high position; and a carrier element connected with the elastic cord element. Accordingly, a person can descend via the carrier element from the high position and softly land on the landing point. A plurality of carrier elements may be provided and connected together via plural elastic cord elements and auxiliary ropes, using disengagement mechanism, to provide a multistage escape device, so that the carrier elements can be disengaged from one another in sequence when they are falling so as to permit person(s) to descend and softly land on a ground at the landing point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Maki Takeshima
  • Patent number: 6516920
    Abstract: A safety device for firefighters or rescue personnel including a container or bag 10 having a pack of safety line 12 therein formed from flat fabric webbing folded into a plurality of accordion folds or laps and deployed from a lower end of the bag 10. One embodiment (FIGS. 1-3) is hand carried, while another embodiment (FIGS. 4-5) is secured to the body of the firefighter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Karl M. Schafler
  • Patent number: 6382352
    Abstract: A deployable emergency escape ladder is provided that permits rapid egress from the upper floors of a building or home in the event of a fire. A canvas pouch is located directly below the interior sill of a second story or higher window. The pouch is fastened securely via a metal back plate that penetrates through the rear of the pouch and fastens to the wall. Connected to this metal plate and rolled up inside the pouch is a KEVLAR® rope ladder with PVC runs with the exception of the bottom rung which is made of weighted aluminum. This weighted lowest step allows the invention to unroll and hang on the exterior of the building in a secure fashion without swaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Alfonzo Dowe, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20020036117
    Abstract: A device for use for quickly and safely exiting a structure, such as a burning building. The device of the invention comprises a generally rectangular body that is hollow and fits inside the stud spacing of a structure. The body is positioned below a window and secured to the structure. A flexible ladder is secured through the body to the studs of the structure with the flexible ladder being stored within the body. The ladder can be fabricated from chain, rope or other flexible material and has cross bars for ladder rungs. Spacers behind the rungs keep the rungs spaced out from the wall. A cover plate overlays most of the rectangular body leaving an opening in the rectangular body for the ladder to be moved from a storage position within the body to a use position. A trim cover closes the opening when the device is in the storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Frank Rickman, Jeffrey Michael Mitchell, Kevin Arthur Hood
  • Patent number: 6330932
    Abstract: An improved rescue device for escape from buildings having more than a single story where the device is portable and may be deployed quickly in the event of an emergency. The rescue device has a lightweight frame for attaching to a structure and a single concentric chute. At a first end of the frame of the rescue device there is a vertical block having a hinged brace arm with a clamp bar and a second end with pressure blocks at the inner portion of said second end having an acute angle which allows the frame to straddle a window ledge where the clamp bar can be preset to the window wall width and when are locked into position by the use of a over-the-center lock secures the rescue device into place allowing the rescue device to be deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Inventor: Norman Lee Reece
  • Patent number: 6328129
    Abstract: A fire escape system for providing an apparatus for escape from building structures. The fire escape system includes a container having an open front, a back wall, and a door hingedly attached to the container and closeable over the open front, and further includes a motor, a switch member connected to the motor, a battery connected to the switch member, a rotatable first shaft journaled inside the container and driven by the motor, a pair of elongate flexible members carried by the rotatable first shaft, a plurality of rungs having a plurality of stand-off members at the ends thereof and being securely attached to the elongate flexible members with the stand-off members being moveably received in tracks. As a second embodiment, a winch which includes a motor carries a flexible line which is carried about two pulleys and is connected to a lift member which is operated by remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Don Ferguson