It is a well known secret that more than 10 percent of the victims of 9/11 did not die in the explosion - they voluntarily jumped. With the pictures still in memory, many office workers and high-rise residents in cities, such as New York, are reasonably worried that they may not get out in case of an incident. Other places, notably Tokyo, require public buildings, such as schools, to provide descenders or other means for emergency escape.
EasyDown is the preferred method for personal emergency escape, but it is not authorized for use in the US. The reason is that fire department rules require inhabitants of burning buildings to remain in place and await rescue. Judging from the interest by Americans, however, many may prefer a citation from the police instead of a trip to the morgue.
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