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New Glow In The Dark Technology For Fire Safety

Consider this scenario... you're in a high rise building and a fire starts.
The electricity doesn't work and the stairwell is pitch black.

A local firefighter turned-businessman is introducing a glow-in-the-dark technology that can help you exit safely.

Local 12's Tiffany Wilson shows us how it works.

"In the light the photo ... glow in the dark on steroids."

Lights out and you can still see the skeleton of the stairwell. Each step, each handrail, each door becomes visible.

"This is as close as you can get to fail safe. No electricity, no batteries, no wires."

MN8 Foxfire President Zachary Green says after just a few minutes of light exposure, the photo-luminescent appoxy will stay bright for hours.

"We're going to light up the world and we're going to do it one step at a time."

Green was a firefighter at the Wyoming fire house.  He started selling the appoxy out of his trunk a few years ago, but the chief told him to think bigger.

"I mortgaged my house, maxed out my credit cards, went to a trade show, the next month we did 85 thousand in sales."

At first, he sold to fellow firefighters, making their tools and helmets glow.

Recently, Green realized others could benefit as well.

"Anywhere where safety is really important, assisted living facilities, hospitals, college dormitories."

Highland Tower in Mount Auburn is the first residential facility to light up its stairwells.  The building's owners also invested in the product.

"You think if that hallway is full of smoke and no lights and you can find your way out in the stairs, it just gives you a lot of satisfaction."

Zachary Green says it costs a couple hundred bucks to illuminate a typical flight of stairs.

His company already completed a project at the Bank of Kentucky Center and they're meeting with the Superdome next week.



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