This article was first published by The Times of Israel and is re-posted with permission.

Elevators, long viewed as death traps in a fire, could be people’s best escape from a burning building, according to Israeli startup Salamandra Zone.

The company’s flagship product, the B-Air System, converts toxic gases into breathable air and pushes that air into elevators, potentially turning the cabs into moving safe rooms, allowing people to take refuge and flee from catastrophic fires in tall buildings.

People are increasingly moving to cities, and those cities are getting taller, with the number of tall buildings skyrocketing worldwide. In 2017, 144 buildings over 200 meters were built, a record high for a single year. There are now 1,319 buildings over 200 meters tall.

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