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Safety Measures in Place for Austonian
Fox 7 News
Austin, TX - It's the tallest building in Austin and before it opens in a few months, the Austonian is putting in safety measures, including defibrillators, for each floor.
The 57-story building will go through a series of safety inspections before opening.
Having defibrillators in the building is a city requirement, but management took it a step further by purchasing enough for each floor in case of an emergency.
Towering high above Downtown Austin is the nearly finished Austonian.
"It's a luxury high-rise condo project," said Bob Albanese, construction manager, The Austonian.
In case of emergency, it's won't take long to get to the bottom floor.
The Austonian has the fastest residential elevator in Austin. It takes roughly 40 seconds to go from the 56th floor to the first floor.
But even seconds can make a difference. Along with incredible views and endless amenities, you'll find one automated defilbrillator, or AED, on each floor.
"The idea is that if there's a circumstance on any floor with any home owner, the AED device is right here, it's easy to get to, it's accessable," Albanese said.
The Austonian recently spent more than $100,000 on the devices, 57 of them for the building's 178 units.
A defibrillator shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm. Cardiologist Dr. Frank Zidar said using one can mean the difference between life and death.
"Unfortunately most folks have sudden death and don't make it to the hospital," Dr. Zidar said.
And anyone can lean how to use it.
"There's prompts that literally tell you what to do, step by step, it's easy as 1 2 3," said Dr. Zidar.
In the Austonian, there's an AED right around the corner from every resident.
"If people know about these and use them, lives will be saved," Zidar said.
The Austonian also has two stairwells and the elevators are on a backup generator so they will work even if the power is out.
The building is scheduled to open in June.