Today’s fire alarm systems ensure that we can all evacuate quickly and safely in the event of a fire. However, in days gone by whilst speed was key, safety clearly wasn’t always thought through! Here are the top 10 unusual and often dangerous looking fire safety systems of the past, some of which amazingly are still utilised today!
This spiral slide to safety is located outside the Liverpool Maritime Museum. A modern system is now thankfully installed and the slide is no longer in use. It now just provides an interesting insight into the past, when chutes like this were regularly used in the event of an evacuation.
This image of a fire escape which was used in Cheyenne shows a young boy sat in the chute who was photographed as part of a fire practice session. Not only does the photograph reflect the size of the chute but also shows that these old practises were fun, even more so a child as you got to go down a cool slide!