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New Invention unveiled

A NEW INVENTION was unveiled on Monday by a father and son from Lochans - and it could prove to be a life-saver.

Isaac Forsyth and his son Neil have invented a unique window that can provide an escape route from burning buildings.

The window also acts as a deterrent to would-be intruders.

The Forsyths have named their invention the SALEM escape window, or "Saving a Life Every Minute".

The prototype window was demonstrated at Bell College, Crichton University, Dumfries, following its manufacture by college staff in Hamilton.

The innovative window features a safety screen and built-in smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors which activate an alarm and high-intensity light.

The beam shows through thick smoke and gives a clear pathway to the easy-to-use mechanism to open the window and escape.

The development is also a success for partnership working, being a combined effort by the enterprising Forsyth family, the college, Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway and Stranraer Small Towns Initiative.

Tom Hydes, general manager of SE Dumfries and Galloway, said that everyone had come together to support the Forsyths with their most innovative idea.

"Isaac and Neil Forsyth have created a real window of opportunity", he said"and this is the kind of enterprising spirit that we want to foster".

The Small Towns Initiative has given financial support to have the window manufactured by the Bell College and the Small Business Gateway in Stranraer has provided the Forsyths with market research information and business advice.

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