I was recently at a hotel in Italy that had what I'd have to describe
as an emergency drawstring - in pulling the string you pull a switch
beside which it says "Emergency". I assume the purpose is to provide
people who get stuck, be it because they fell and broke a hip, or
whatever, however, the drawstring didn't seem to be long enough to
really be pulled from the basin.
This makes me wonder... is there another purpose to the draw
strings? Are they required in some EU countries? I don't recall
seeing them in France...
They are common in the US as well. Check out
or go to maintencewarehouse and search for HD Supply Part #: 336995
In a senior citizen apartment complex (or a hospital), the switch
usually activates a light over the door, often unlocks the door, and
sometimes in tied into a control panel somewhere.
The string should just barely touch the floor so it can be pulled but
so it doesn't get grimy IIRC
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