West Virginia native set to unveil safety invention in South Charleston Friday

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With dreams of making a difference in people's everyday safety around the world Charleston native Blair White also hopes to make a difference for his home state.

White's invention is for emergency evacuations it's called "Slide to Safety."

"This whole thing is about putting a product into the market that will save a life at some point," White said.

"We'd love for West Virginia to lead the world in pushing a safer environment."

The product is similar to emergency slides out of airplanes but "Slide to Safety" is designed to allow a quick exit from a building in the event of an emergency: like a fire or shooting.

"I like to think of slide to safety as an airbag, you hope you'll never need it, but you're glad you have it."

The slide was developed in Florida but will be unveiled to the public for the first time Friday at the South Charleston Fire Department.

"We'll be able to deploy the unit, let people look at it, slide down it if they want to," White said.

South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens says he's excited to see the slide in action.

"To me, it's impressive and I love the idea. and anytime we can add to safety that's a win."

White hopes that soon more will be popping up in West Virginia and beyond to help keep others safe.

The unveiling ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.