The escape masks. Your concept

A fire is a terrible situation: fire lurks behind the smoke, no one knows where or what is happening. Only screams are heard ... in the midst of this situation, everyone should think about saving his life. And the irritants of the smoke, which floods everything, closes our eyes and blocks our bronchi painfully, preventing us from breathing. In that condition, no one can help another to get out. For this situation, the Escape Masks were invented and manufactured. One can save a lot of people, as they already have. The firemen arrive later (if someone warned), well equipped but they are outside ... It takes many minutes to start acting, more than the 5 minutes that leads down a long staircase.


As a product is developed to save people

Let's look at an example. The lifeguard . The first one that was used was a floating log. Many became tired and sank until someone thought to do something closed so they could hold their arms. But then it occurred to them to put a rope around them so that several could stand. Then it was thought to integrate it into a vest, since it would not require effort to keep the head outside. So the current lifeguard arrived, which is far from optimal (some of the passengers of the Costa Concordia Cruise died of hypothermia in only 200 meters that they had to cross). It solves the problem of flotation .


The  masks of escaping in Argentina.


In 1980 a friend approached the option of importing a "smoke escaping mask" from Japan that at that time resembled China today, but more technologically advanced, as it still is today. It was something unknown, but interesting, something that came to fill one of those fears that we all have to a greater or lesser extent, the fear of death by fire ... We thought that it could have a great social value, since its mere presence would reassure many people avoiding such collective destructive panics. It would be very difficult to sell them, nobody knew this concept of "escape" or self-evacuation, as it is called later. They had no other certification than a practical test conducted by a Nipon fire department They were a few years of free market so we imported a game of 2,000 units, which when we went to place them were quickly bought by our customers, who covered a mask per employee in almost all cases. They suggested we manufacture them locally when importing was cut off. With their support and taking advantage of our experience and equipment for analytical chemistry, we develop laboratory tests to know the scope of their capabilities; We studied the ones that sold in Canada, USA, Israel, Europe, China: the criteria were very different according to the manufacturer. It took us 5 years to solve all the problems posed by the type of application, unknown until then and decide which risks would be covered and which would not, since all is impossible and the cost fixed a ceiling. When everything was ready we lacked the main thing: a documented real test.

As we did the first trials

 was asked to help at that time the Instituto Arg. De Seguridad, IAS, a pioneer of security in Latin America and manager of the 1st Argentine Security Law, who organized us 3 real tests: 1 in our plant in Ezeiza and 2 in the plant Of SEVEL arg., Fiat-Peugeot of the Palomar, tests that were supervised by them and where they personally tried the masks many security heads of different companies, such as Techint, Ford, VW, Renault. (Look for the test on yuotube, Debra F4 masking tests). In the cabin smoke was generated by burning all kinds of common materials. These tests were performed in 1987, with gas measurement, filmed and certified by the IAS. In this video the participants, more than 10, leave the booth after staying in it 10-20 minutes, take off the mask and give their opinion about what they felt, live. Only after this we started putting them on the market, with the mark DEBRA F4 (we clarified not to sell but not to be confused with others without history). We started replacing those that we had already sold, Japanese, and since then we have been replacing every 4 years the expired and expanding its use until reaching the approximate figure of 175,000 masks placed in these 25 years, many of which went out when the "cloud Toxic "covered Buenos Aires in December 2012 and were seen in the media, showing that not only cover fire risks but also other emergencies. In later years, other public agencies, such as the Argentine Navy, the Argentine Naval Prefecture, Aerolíneas Arg, and others did their tests without us finding out and issuing certifications that arrived to us by mail, to our surprise. The IDB awarded us with the International to the Quality and Innovation Category Gold and they delivered it to us in Paris in the year 2012 which they can see putting BID-Paris in the search engine

We accumulate a lot of experience gathered from our users and have improved a lot over the years. We were members of the Commission of study of the Norma Iram that sought to regulate these products, the IRAM 3661, existent but not obligatory since it is not possible to fulfill it, it is only an orientation of what would be wanted to obtain. In 2010 we incorporated the implementation of ISO 9001: 2008 So you can see that we went a long way to bring Safety to people, that it was not improvised and that we have an answer to give to every objection, perhaps not perfect, but always grounded. We never believe that obliging is the convenient method of providing Security, since, not trusting the reasons of the norm imposed on us, we will not trust the product and probably on the day of the accident we will not use it. It is like the fire extinguisher, which is so obligatory that it has been done that almost nobody introduces it in his house and is nothing more than a little decorative object that is rarely used in a fire start since the lack of use And capacity, makes its use insecure by the eventual user. So he has been in the market for almost 30 years, having saved many lives and dramatic situations. They have it available, not by obligation .... just because you would not travel in a boat without lifeguards ....