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In case of fire break glass

No need to grab important papers and flee ....
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.... Just flee.

I was pondering the traditional fire evacuation model the other day. I'm supposed to grab a pair of shoes, the file box containing important records, and a couple of the most valuable items in the house and get the hell out, all before succumbing to smoke inhalation.

Why do all that, when I could just get myself safely out, because I keep all that stuff queued up in a capsule in the Fire Escape Trebuchet?

The device is stored in an area where the projectile will pass through a window when launched. Curtains and glass are irrelevant.

The heat sensors that launch the one time use payload are set to go at a safe margin over what a hot afternoon in the apartment might get up to. You'd want a warning label on the window so the firefighters would know not to stand in front of it.

normzone, Oct 24 2017

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       How about a kind of inverse trebuchet which incorporates everything except the file box, the shoes, and your bed?   

       Then, when a fire is detected, it can be automatically flung to a safe distance, perhaps without even disturbing your night's sleep.
Wrongfellow, Oct 24 2017
  

       What will inevitably happen is that the sun, shining through a window onto the heat-detector will set off the trebuchet, flinging all your valuables through your window into a nearby river, or into your neighbour's house, which actually *is* on fire.
hippo, Oct 25 2017
  

       Much as trebuchets represent a widely-admired, highly entertaining and and useful branch of ballitics, we consider that this idea displays an unacceptable deficiency of reckless, dangerous and highly inadvisable employment of pyrotechnics, propellants and explosives.   

       Either a load-carrying rocket, or a large calibre mortar, would seem to suit the task admirably, the fire itself serving to ignite the relevant fuse train.
8th of 7, Oct 25 2017
  

       Just snuff out the oxygen in the room for awhile. Problem solved.
RayfordSteele, Oct 25 2017
  
      
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