Frequently Asked Questions
How did STS start?
How is STS installed?
Slide To Safety is an emergency evacuation slide system that can be retrofitted to existing buildings and flush mounted into newly constructed buildings. STS is mounted by a system of bolts that make for rapid installation on new or existing buildings. Since STS is a nonelectrical unit, no wiring or electricity will be necessary. Slide To Safety units are 100% prepackaged with all necessary components making for easy installation by an authorized STS installer.
How is STS inflated and deployed?
Slide To Safety uses compressed air canisters that run through aspirators to deploy. These aspirators let the slide pull in ambient air, thus giving STS under 6 seconds inflation time. We equip STS with Pressure Relief Valves that are activated when the slide has enough pressure to form a rigid structure. Once deployed, STS will remain fully inflated until the unit is depressurized. For more information, see how STS works.
Can STS be reused?
Yes, but if STS is activated the system must be inspected, recharged, and repacked for reuse
What material is STS made of?
Slide To Safety is made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber. Neoprene exhibits good chemical stability and maintains flexibility over a wide temperature range. This material is fire rated according to Federal Aviation guidelines thus giving it a 90 second burn time before the material becomes ineffective.
What regulations does STS abide by?
Slide To Safety uses components that have been used in the commercial aviation industry for many years, these components are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
What is the maximum height limit for STS?
Slide To Safety can be deployed up to 4 stories.
Can STS be used for residential application?
Absolutely. Slide To Safety offers residential units. STS can be retrofitted to existing homes and built into new construction.
Is STS fireproof?
This material is fire rated according to Federal Aviation guidelines thus giving it a 90 second burn time until the material becomes ineffective.
Does STS need to be serviced?
For commercial and residential applications, visual inspections are recommended yearly and can be performed by your trained personnel. Slide To Safety recommends a full inspection every three years by an authorized STS Installer.
How quickly can a classroom be evacuated?
The national average of a classroom is 25 students and one teacher. The evacuations take roughly two seconds per person, so a typical classroom can be evacuated in under 60 seconds.
Once deployed how long does STS stay inflated?
Once deployed, STS will remain fully inflated until the unit is depressurized. For more information, visit our How It Works page.
Does STS come with a warranty?
Each Slide To Safety unit comes with a 2 year (24 months) full warranty. However, if the unit has been tampered with, the warranty is null and void.
Are the slides only available for a straight drop?
No. Each slide is custom made and can be designed for 90 degree turns or to work around obstacles to provide a safe landing at any angle. See more about adjustable expansion angles here
What if I need a slide unit for my windows, instead of doors?
Slide To Safety offers both door and window units to fit the needs of every classroom or building. Our in-house architect and engineer are able to assist with any of your needs in the process of planning and installing our rapid evacuation slides for your school, commercial building, or home.
Is there a possibility of a secondary attack as students and teachers are sliding to safety?
Since 98% of all active shooter events to date have been carried out by a single attacker, the likelihood of a secondary attack is minimal. The immediate threat of an intruder in the building far outweighs the possibility of a secondary attack while evacuating the building. As police arrive they will also be able to neutralize an attack from the outside more quickly than one inside the building.