Why not emergency slides?
February 8, 2008 8:28 AM Subscribe
Why don't tall buildings have slides?
posted by stormygrey to Science & Nature (28 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, I know this question is approaching silly to some degree, but we had a fire drill at work and it got me thinking about this again. After 9-11 it really struck me the enormity of trying to get disabled, scared, hurt, etc. people down lots of flights of stairs.
It then dawned on me that escape slides that would around the building would be perfect. Yes of course they wouldn't be super safe, they would only be used in the most dire of emergencies. I envision a long slide with basicaly entrance ramps at all floors. I know it would take a lot of engineering to ensure people actually slid and didn't reach some kind of crazy velocity and I know that it would cost a hell of a lot, but other than that, why wouldn't this work?